Literary Elements – Of Mice and Men

Imagery “Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hill to the top” (Steinbeck 2).
Foreshadowing “Well, look-Lennie, if you just happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush” (Steinbeck 15).
Suspense ” The silence fell on the room again. A minute passed, and another minute” (Steinbeck 49)
Figurative Language – Simile “…slowly, like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again”(Steinbeck 9).
Figurative Language -Metaphor “He was a jerkline skinner, prince of the ranch.” (Steinbeck 33)
Characterization – Direct “Curley’s like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys” (Steinbeck 26).
Characterization – Indirect “Crooks had his apple box over his bunk, and in it a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and for the horses. There were cans of saddle soap and a drippy can of tar with its paint brush sticking over the edge. And scattered about the floor were a number of personal possessions; for, being alone, Crooks could leave his things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men, and he had accumulated more possessions than he could carry on his back” (Steinbeck 66-67).
Personification “The sycamore leaves whispered in a little night breeze.” (Steinbeck 16)
Symbolism “George carefully built his line of solitaire cards” (Steinbeck 42).
Flashback George tells Slim about what happened in Weed -“Well he seen this girl in a red dress. Dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch ever’thing he likes…” (Steinbeck 41).

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