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Of Mice and Men

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"A few miles south of Soledad"

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What allusion appears in the following excerpt and what is its effect?

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.

On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees- willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter's flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.

Select ALL that apply.

A

Steinbeck's description alludes to the Garden of Eden, thereby helping readers make a more significant and meaningful connection to an idea with which they are likely familiar.

B

The allusion to the Garden of Eden creates an idyllic backdrop for the story, perhaps in preparation to contrast with the somewhat hellish surroundings at the ranch.

C

This is an allusion to the Great Depression itself because it provides a contrast between the rocky landscape around the river and the river's edge. This is much like the contrast between how it felt to be living during the Great Depression and how it felt to be in pursuit of one's dreams.

D

This is an allusion to the Israelite journey through the desert (which, while long and trying , was a blessing from God because it would lead to the Promised Land).

E

This is an allusion to George and Lennie's dream of owning a farm, like an oasis in the middle of their barren, rocky lives.