What Are Some Similes Used in "Of Mice and Men?"


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A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two different things using the words "like" or "as." One simile used in the book "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck is the statement "Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages," which compares the girl's curls to sausages. Another simile in the book is "... and her body flopped like a fish."

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The sentence "Slowly, like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again," which compares Lennie's reluctance to approach to a dog. Another simile in the book describes the movement of a snake: "A water snake slipped along the pool, its head held up like a little periscope." The book also contains the simile, "Suddenly Lennie appeared out of the brush, and he came as silently as a creeping bear moves."

John Steinbeck's book tells the story of an unlikely pair of men. George is a small, clever man, whereas Lennie is a large man with the mind of a child. They take a job as day laborers on a ranch in California, but their lives take a tragic turn when Lennie meets a flirtatious woman.

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