Steinbeck uses language which appeals to the reader's senses of sight and sound throughout the novella Of Mice and Men. Specifically he uses strong imagery in his description of setting, particularly at the beginning of each chapter. He also uses imagery in the various descriptions of the characters.
In the beginning of chapter one he creates a calm setting as he describes the tranquil area between the Gabilan Mountains and Salinas River where George and Lennie first camp. Steinbeck writes,
Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening, and the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of ‘coons, and with the spreadpads of dogs from the ranches, and with the split-wedge tracks of deer that come to drink in the dark.
At this point in the novel, things are relatively calm for George and Lennie. They are on their way to work and the dream of the "little piece of land" is still in tact.
In the final chapter, Steinbeck uses contrasting imagery to describe the very same...
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