In Of Mice and Men, what is John Steinbeck's style?

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John Steinbeck was both a storyteller and a social critic. In his novella Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck employs what has been termed a "visionary style" with realism providing the surface form for Steinbeck's broader interest in the unconscious, recurring myths, and symbolic characters in a carefully structured narrative.

Steinbeck's realism is often veneering for his keen interest in the philosophy of fraternity, symbolic characters, and the psychology of the unconscious and that of the mob. Often his narratives demonstrate how the pastoral setting in which there appears to be a certain contentment deteriorates because of the actions of men. The opening scene of Section 1, the clearing into which George and Lennie enter is a scene of harmony for the various animals that come to drink from the pool. But, while George and Lennie are there, they quarrel, breaking the peace and foreshadowing future social dynamics in the narrative. Later, in the quiet of nature--"A dove's wings whistled over the...

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