A simile is a literary device that makes a comparison between two different things using the words "like" or "as." Throughout the novella Of Mice of Men, Steinbeck utilizes numerous similes to describe characters and various settings of the story.
1. In chapter 1, George makes Lennie hand him the dead mouse he has been petting. Lennie reluctantly gives the mouse to George and begins to whimper and cry. George uses a simile to describe Lennie's reaction and compares him to an upset child by saying,
Blubberin' like a baby! Jesus Christ! (Steinbeck, 5).
2. At the beginning of chapter 2, Steinbeck sets the scene on the ranch by describing the dusty bunkhouse. Steinbeck utilizes a simile to illustrate how the sunlight barely shines into the bunkhouse by writing,
At about ten o'clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars" (9).
3. Later on in the chapter, George is playing cards, and Steinbeck utilizes another simile to describe the atmosphere of the bunkhouse by writing,
The sun square was on the floor now, and the flies whipped through it like sparks (14).
4. When Curley's wife enters the bunkhouse, Steinbeck utilizes a simile to describe her curly hair by writing,
Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages (15).