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Of Mice and Men written in the same genre as The Grapes of Wrath that of a story about migrant farm workers and their lives as a reflection on society was the book that thrust Steinbeck into the limelight as a national celebrity He won many awards and honors including being picked as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Year Steinbecks style is what earned this praise that of a natural flow of words which are simple in form but complex in their meaning He painstakingly describes each setting as the reader is introduced to it showing not just the general layout but an insiders view detailing the sensory perceptions evoked by the area A few miles south of Soledad the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green The water is warm too for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool Feelings evoked by Steinbecks entrances are unable to be duplicated except by those who know the subject matter personally a trait that he possesses having grown up in an agricultural valley in Salinas California His upbringing on the backdrop for many of his books enables Steinbeck to go beyond the paper and print of a book and create life in his characters He expresses their joys and pains with such precision that the reader feels as if the characters were personal acquaintances and not just made up The following is a brief summing up of Of Mice and Men George a small man with restless eyes and strongly defined features is leading his companion Lennie a large clumsy man with a shapeless face and wide sloping shoulders down a path to a pool of water There they drink and camp before heading to a ranch the next day to start work George scolds Lennie for petting a dead mouse and overall treats him as a
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