CHAPTER 1 REVISION NOTES FOR "OF MICE AND MEN"
- The chapter starts by describing a beautiful, vibrant area of brush which is full of life, and in which the animals are content and happy.
"The rabbits come out from the brush to sit on the sand in the evening."
Steinbeck is portraying nature as a wonderful and beautiful thing.
- Lennie and Georges arrival at the brush disturbs the peace of the area
"Rabbits hurried noiselessly for cover"
"A stilted heron laboured into the air and pounded through the water"
The powerful verbs used such as "pounded" and "laboured" are used to emphasis the juxtaposition between life before human interuption and life after.
Steinbeck is using the arrival of George and Lennie to symbolize how mankind and its lifestyle is destroying the most beautiful things in life.
Steinbeck is also using the disruption caused by George and Lennie to foreshadow there arrival at the ranch, in which everything changes there also.
Animal Imagery is also found in this Chapter to describe Lennie. He is described as "Dragging his paw like a bear" when the…