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When comparing John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men and Terry Prachetts Equal Rites quite a few similarities can be spotted To start with both of them have the very distinctive characteristic of introducing the setting first as if it was a character itself This makes the reader very familiar with the background and the atmosphere is set The first line of Equal Rites A bass note sounds Already gives a sense of suspense which increases gradually setting the pace Of Mice and Men too has the setting introduced on its own The similarity of its introduction to that of a live character is further emphasized by the fact that some elements of the background are personified The water is warm too for it has slipped twinklingthe narrow pool Both texts then have secondary characters introduced to the setting In Equal Rites the quote most unpleasantly armed starcruiser miles long illustrates that equally the following moment in Of Mice and Men Rabbits come out of the brush shows secondary characters This serves to create an ambience of life and the characters are a reflection of the background again aiming at setting the scene and making the reader familiar with the background They then direct the readers view to a new point which makes part of the background but is introduced in more detail In Equal Rites that place is the planet Earth theres a brief description on it where characters are mentioned but not shown or developed on any further but at that point of the text This can be easily compared with the description of a path through the willows and among the sycamore a path beaten hard by boysto jungle-up near the water on Of Mice and Men for it is too a further description of a specific point of the background left unmentioned for the rest of the text A technique used by both writers is the use of names to the
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