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In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, what are three examples of incidences where Steinbeck uses Naturalism?

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The best examples of naturalism in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men are to be found in his characterizations. Steinbeck knew that human beings are not all good or all bad, as they are, for example, in many of the works of Charles Dickens. Steinbeck's characters in his short novel are mostly mixtures of both good and bad qualities. Three examples of naturalism in his depiction of characters are easily found in George Milton, Curley's wife, and Crooks.

George shows his good side in his caring for Lennie, in accordance with his promise to Aunt Clara as well as in his simple good-heartedness. However, he frequently gets angry at Lennie and abuses him verbally, as he does in the first chapter.

"God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want....An' whatta I got," George went on furiously. "I got you! You can't keep a job and you...

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