What elements of Modernism do you see in the opening chapters of the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men?

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Literary modernism is about intentionally discarding old techniques, and embracing news ways both of writing and of knowing the world. Modernism suggests that rational, fact based approaches to life and to knowledge are not in keeping with the actual ways we experience the world.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, introduces Lennie and George in a way that makes the reader adopt some of these ideas if they are to make any headway towards understanding these characters. Lennie isn't someone who can be understood with facts and rationality, and neither can George's dedication to him. Lennie is a beautiful example of a modernist character because he can only experience the world through feeling, without any of the rationalist filters that George and others have learned to apply.

The modernist movement comprises many different elements. Some of these are stylistic, such as the manipulation of time or narrative techniques. Perhaps the most famous of these techniques is the stream-of-consciousness...

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