What literary term does Steinbeck employ in the last sentence of chapter one in Of Mice and Men?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The last sentence of chapter one reads:

The sycamore leaves whispered in a little night breeze.

There is more than one literary device at work in this quote. You might want to pick the one to use that you have recently studied or that your teacher would understand you already know.

PERSONIFICATION: Leaves do not have the capacity to perform the human act of whispering. When an object is described as a human, this is personification at work.

IMAGERY: Imagery is the use of sensory detail to help develop a picture. As you read this last sentence, you can almost see wind blowing through leaves on a canvas of midnight blue. This image displays the use of both what can be seen and heard.

This could also be foreshadowing which you will understand by the end of the book...