What is Steinbeck's writing style (literary devices, etc.) in Of Mice and Men?

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Steinbeck's strongest writing talent is in his use of characterization. In all of his novels, OMAM included, we really feel like we know the characters. In this case, we can relate to the struggles George has with Lenny; we can sympathize for Lenny and his trials; we also get...

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Steinbeck's strongest writing talent is in his use of characterization. In all of his novels, OMAM included, we really feel like we know the characters. In this case, we can relate to the struggles George has with Lenny; we can sympathize for Lenny and his trials; we also get a great stereotyped picture of the other ranch hands. Steinbeck is a master at getting his audience to empathize with his characters.

The other thing that Steinbeck does that draws in readers is creating situations that make us think "What if that was me?" In the case of OMAM, what if you or I was George? Could we shoot our best friend to help him? Steinbeck's ability to take modern ideas and place them in a setting and plot that are still pertinent 70 years later is why many people still enjoy his writing.

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What makes Steinbeck's style unique is his dual use of omniscient narration combined with a real empathy for his characters. Lennie and George are not educated and they are transients. But they also possess a dignified humanity.

Steinbeck also writes with lyrical beauty of the Salinas Valley, a beauty that always runs as an undercurrent, no matter how tragic or tortured the action of the novel.

Lastly, the "American Dream" is one the author extends to every man (and woman). Lennie and George hope for the same things everyone else does: a place to call their own and the continual pursuit of happiness. Although their dreams might be unrealistic, they are no more so than those of most people.

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Writing style refers to the way which an author chooses to write. Different writing styles pay special attention to formal/informal language, sentence forms, and diction.

Given that Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men is a piece of fiction which takes place on a ranch during the Great Depression, the novel is written using informal language.

Informal language is one which utilizes slang, improper sentence structure (for the speakers), and hold a specific "tell" regarding where the characters are located.

The sentences are not written with worry about formal structure. Instead, the sentences vary in length, detail, and power.Some are shorter, which some could say mirror the mental ability of Lennie), while others are longer and more involved (which would mirror the mental ability of George).

In addition to the use of informal language, one can easily note Steinbeck's use of diction as matching his use of informal language. The text is filled with words ranchers would typically speak (which supports the reliability of the text for the reader).

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