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What are three similes from the first two chapters of Of Mice and Men?

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Steinbeck occasionally employs similes in the novel. As the following examples show, he tends to use them to add danger or mystery to a situation.

In chapter 1, the author writes that Lennie "drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse." Like all the best similes, it has a strong relationship to the situation and the character. While this is the first time we learn about Lennie, through his comparison with a horse, we can immediately guess that he is somewhat animalistic in nature.

A few pages later, when Lennie and George are settling down for the night, the author writes that "a water snake slipped along on the pool, its head held up like a little periscope." This comparison with something that could potentially spy on the men is at odds with the secluded area they have found in which to lie and rest.

Then, around ten a.m. in the bunkhouse where Lennie and George are staying, the author writes that "the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in...

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