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Of Mice and Men

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Circular Structure

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Each chapter in Of Mice and Men begins with a description of the setting, introduces or further develops a new character, and features a struggle between characters, building to a dramatic point or resolution.

What effect does this structure have on the reading experience?

Select ALL that apply.

A

In each chapter, the novella provides the reader with what could be portrayed as fully as a scene on stage.

B

The reading is much more fluent and easier to follow when the chapters are structured this way.

C

This creates a circular pattern of development, providing several opportunities for dramatic elements, such as foreshadowing, tension, and subplots.

D

The novella reads like several short stories, allowing the reader to skip around without losing the plot line.

E

This makes the reading experience somewhat difficult for the average reader because the audience can easily become lost in all of that is going on.