In the novella "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck the beginning and ending is very important. In the beginning Steinbeck describes the setting of the Salinas River and the environment it is in, stating how quiet and undisturbed the area is. This is also where the two main characters, George and Lennie are introduced. In this section the reader is also introduced to the way in which Steinbeck writes, using a lot of dialogue and literal language. At the end of the novella a key event takes place. One of the main characters is killed. This is very important as it highlights the strength of a friendship and by doing this, it also prevents greater wrongs from taking place.
The novella begins with an in-depth description of the
Steinbeck reinforces the fact that it is a very tranquil and serene setting, with little human interference, just the animals in their natural habitat. However the location is then disrupted when
Once Steinbeck has finished describing the setting he then begins to describe the two main characters in the novella, George Milton and Lennie Small. He describes George as "small" and "quick", with "dark features" and "restless eyes". Steinbeck describes Lennie by often referring to him as animals, such as a "bear" and "terrier dog", he also uses animal's features to describe Lennie's size, for example "Lennie dabbled his paw in the water". Steinbeck does this to show Lennie's social status, that which is sub-human because of his mental illness. Steinbeck emphasizes Lennie's size and strength a lot in this part of the novella which is very important as later on in the novella his strength is the reason for key events such as the death of Curley's wife.
Furthermore, the beginning of the novella is where the reader is also introduced to Steinbeck's writing technique. Steinbeck regularly uses straight forward literal language and dialogue to recreate the language of
The ending of the novella is extremely important because it shows the strength of
In the beginning of the novella the reader is introduced to Steinbeck's way of writing, the two main characters and also the setting of the Selenas River, the same river that is the setting of the end of the novella where George has to sacrifice the life of his companion for the good of society. Both sections, the beginning and end, are very important in the novella as they contain key events which firstly set up the two main characters in the novella and lastly, the life of Lennie small is ended by his best friend and companion, George Milton. George is forced to do this to protect Lennie from greater wrongs which society, if left to explore it, would surely inflict on him.