Of Mice and Men

How does John Steinbeck's diction help the reader to better understand a particular character?

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Which character are you referring to?


Lennie speaks like a man with the emotional maturity of a six year old. Steinbeck's diction represents this:

If you don' want me I can g off in the hills an' find a cave. I can go away any time."

"No—look! I was jus' foolin', Lennie. 'Cause I want you to stay with me."

Note the very simple and literal meaning of his language. Also note the childlike grammar and word choice. Steinbeck conveys the mood and feeling of Lennie's character.

what is the page of those quotes?

Page numbers are different from publication to publication. Scan your chapter one and they will be there.