Animal Imagery in Of Mice and Men

How are animals and animal imagery used in Of Mice and Men?

Steinbeck uses a lot of animal imagery and symbolism in his novel. In particular, the character and physical strength of Lennie is often portrayed through the use of animal imagery. Have a look at these quotes and think about how you could use them in an essay

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Technical Terms

Some technical terms Hyperbole – a figure of speech, which involves an exaggeration of ideas for emphasis e.g. My suitcase weighs a ton! Metaphor – a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they... read more


Apostrophes for Contraction This is where we shorten two words and join them using an apostrophe e.g. can not = can’t. She is = she’s. See if you can shorten the words below, using an apostrophe: can not = should not = did not = would not = will not = Apostrophes for... read more


Direct speech – saying exactly what someone said using speech marks. E.g. “I didn’t understand the maths problem.” said Maria. Don’t forget to punctuate before you close the speech marks! Try these: 1) The rabbit said I can run really fast! 2) What time is it?... read more


There are some great websites that you can use with your child to practise phonics. I have used these sites with really young children and have found that they’ve really helped them to make progress.... read more
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