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by John Steinbeck

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Which stylistic devices are used in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men?

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Most of the novel, or novella, is told through description and dialogue. There is hardly any prose exposition. This is because John Steinbeck fully intended to convert the book into a stage play to be produced in New York in 1937, the same year the book was published. He called his book "a playable novel" because it reads pretty much like a script for a stage play. It was extremely easy to adapt it into a script. All the dialogue is already written. The descriptions could be converted into stage directions in the script. Most importantly, everything the audience learns is conveyed through what the characters say and do. This makes Of Mice and Men different from most novels, in which there is either an anonymous narrator telling the story or a minor-character narrator such as Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Of Mice and Men contains virtually no narration or exposition, only description and dialogue. It is impossible to understand this work stylistically without knowing...

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