Of Mice and Men Essay Of Mice and Men , a novella written by John Steinbeck in 1937, is written about two life-long friends and their journey throughout the Great Depression. George, the more leader like of the two, travels alongside Lennie, his large, simple-minded companion, to a new city in hopes of pursuing their own American Dream. In a passage of the novella, O f Mice and Men , Steinbeck uses pathos, repetition, and imagery to convey the theme of friendship and doing what is right for your friends, upon the audience. The passage is when George arrives to the place he told Lennie to hide in case he ever got into trouble, and how George must take responsibility for Lennie as his friend. One device used in this novella to portray friendship and the duties of friendship, is pathos. Pathos is appealing to an audience through emotion and empathy. Steinbeck uses pathos on multiple occasions, for example, Steinbeck writes, “George took off his hat. He said shakily, ‘Take off your hat, Lennie. The air feels fine.’ Lennie removed his hat dutifully and laid it on the ground in front of him.” This part of the passage shows pathos by the way Lennie removed his hat “dutifully.” The choice of this word shows the audience that Lennie is always trusting in George and thinking that whatever he says is right. Another example of pathos is, “Lennie begged, ‘Le’s do it now. Le’s get that place now.” This is in the context of Lennie wanting to go buy the land right that second, and live there with George. It shows pathos because the audience sympathizes with Lennie’s ignorance of what is about to happen. They see that George is getting ready to
shoot Lennie, but all Lennie is doing is getting excited about their future. Lastly, pathos is found when Steinbeck writes, “George shivered and looked at the gun.” This
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