Author John Steinbeck used literary techniques and his choice of words to form strong attitudes and feelings in Of Mice and Men. At the beginning of the novella “Of Mice and Men,” Steinbeck used the strong feeling of happiness as a paradox to create irony.
At first, when we were introduced to the characters of George and Lennie, it was set in a peaceful and tranquil scenery similar to the Garden of Eden, “rocky Gabilan mountains and golden foothill slopes”. The feeling of happiness was present in this opening scene. Lennie was very happy when George recounted their so-called American dream of owning a piece of land and “living of the fat the land.
” Lennie’s main source of happiness was the fact that he will get to tend the rabbits and pet soft things. As the story progresses, this feeling of happiness that Lennie derives from petting of soft things lead to the increase in violence seen in the novel and eventually his death, upon which the structure of the novel was based. Steinbeck foreshadowed the death of Lennie and the collapse of the American dream. Lennie was childlike, and George did not believe in the American dream and only recited it for Lennie’s happiness. Gorge was aware that Lennie could not be capable of taking care of soft animals as he (Lennie) was not aware of his strength and anything he touched he killed or destroyed, including Curley’s hand.
Also, the situations present in the 1930s made it impossible for poor people to become substantially wealthy through hard work and perseverance. Steinbeck’s attitude was that wealth was obtained more easily through inheritance as symbolized by Curley’s character, than by hard work. Steinbeck showed how terribly lonely the farm hands were when he described that Candy bought into George and Lennie’s American dream of owning a farm. Candy is old and disabled and has only his old dog for company. When the dog is gone, Candy became lonely. The feeling of loneliness is pervasive thro.