Descriptive Language in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


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John Steinbeck uses the different type of languages and the different
ideas to describe places in the book 'Of Mice and Men'. In this
assignment I am going to looking at the start of chapter one paragraph
one, which is the valley and countryside. Also, I am going to looking
at the start of chapter two first paragraphs, which is the bunkhouse
and it is in the ranch.

In chapter one opening paragraph describe countryside before the
ranch. It is about mountains, river, trees, sun and animals and it is
a nice place.

In chapter two opening paragraph is about bunkhouse. It is about where
the all workers slept on the ranch, where they kept their belongings
and it is a dark, cold and horrible place.

Steinbeck uses different colours to describe different places. In
chapter one starting paragraph he uses nice colours to describe warm
setting. For example following quote shows that;

"…the Salinas River drops in close to the hill side bank and runs deep
green."

He uses colour green to describe the colour of Salinas river, and
another example is showing below;

"…over the yellow sand in the sunlight…"

He use nice colour like yellow to describe the colour of sand when the
sun is shining.

In chapter two starting paragraph again he use some horrible colours
to describe cooled setting. The following quotes showing that;

"Near one wall there was a black cast- iron stove…"

He use black colour to describe the very dark and cooled place. Also,
he uses horrible colours to describe the cold setting on chapter tow
first paragraph. The following quote showing that;

"The walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted."

He uses white colour to describe the colour of the walls and he is
tries to describe how horrible is that building.

Steinbeck use soft and hard word to describe different places. In
chapter one opening paragraph he use more soft words to describe soft
setting. The following quote showing that;

"… sycamores with mottled, white …"

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Steinbeck uses soft words like mottled and white to describe nice and
soft setting in the chapter one. Another example for using soft word
is;

"… with trees- willows fresh and green…"

He use soft words and nice words like fresh, trees and green to
describe what is the environment likes in the Valley.

Also he uses more hard words to describe hard setting in the
Bunkhouse. The following quote showing that;

"The Bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building"

He use long and rectangular to describe what the building is like. In
these words he tries to make it as a hard setting. Also he uses more
hard words to describe the hard setting in the scene. For example;

"…a solid door with a wooden latch"

He use solid and wooden to describe the hard setting in horrible
environment in the bunkhouse and he tries to draw imagery in the
readers mind, how hard is the bunkhouse.

In the book Of Mice and Men Jhon Steinbeck uses nice things to
describe the setting and make clear imagery in the readers mind. For
example;

"… the golden slope carve up to the strong and rocky Gablian
mountains."

The words and phrases like rocky Gablian Mountains to describe nice
place like valley. Another example for Steinbeck use nice things to
describe nice places like valley. Following quote showing that;

"Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening…"

He use nice animal like rabbit and nice weather to describe nice
environment in the valley and make nice imagery of nice environment in
the readers mind.

Steainbeck uses particular and everyday things to describe the chapter
two in the bunkhouse. The following example shows that;

"Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted."

The words like whitewashed and unpainted are used to describe the
particular and everyday things and the horrible places like bunkhouse
inside the ranch. Another example for writer use particular and
everyday things to describe horrible and hard setting is;

"In the middle of the room stood a big square table littered with
playing cards…"

Playing cards is a particular and everyday thing what there are doing
when they tired of working in the ranch he used that to describe the
cold setting and how the workers everyday life is going.

Steinbeck uses a range of descriptive language when describing the
scenes in his Book 'Of Mice and Men'.


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