öf mice and men" by John Steinbeck.

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Everyone has a unique style of writing, in which we merge our ideas into a particular style that appeals to us. Steinbeck was one man that incorporated his interest in animals and the slang of his time into his work. He weaved his words into a wonderful book that has been recognized by thousands around the world. His book is a unique work of literature as it takes the reader through a story using a variety of mechanical devices and writing methods to give the story its thrill of adventure.

"He walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws." pg. 2

"Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water" pg. 3

"Drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse." pg. 3

"Her body flopped like a fish." pg. 91

"He came as silently as a creeping bear moves." pg. 100

"Curley's pants is crawlin' with ants" pg.


"Curly stepped over to Lennie like a terrier." pg. 62

He went into great detail to describe the setting and characters in his story, which makes this story easy to convert into a play. During the beginning of the story, he described the scene as peaceful and relaxing, untouched by man's urge for modernization. He described the characters, from head to toe, mainly with clothes, size, and intelligence. He repeats this method throughout the book; with each chapter he describes the new scene with the same amount of detail. All characters important to the plot are described in detail, which perhaps explains the actions taken by that character.

Throughout the story he used dialogue extensively, the reader must gather the information from the dialogue rather than collecting it from the narrator. As the characters communicate with one another, they give tidbits of...