how does steinbeck present the bunkhouse ad its inhabitants?

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Of mice and men/english literature /GCSE

Posted Sun 17th February, 2013 @ 17:43 by Former Member

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In my opinion, the filmn shows it to be a lot nicer than it had actually been, but that's the film, not the book!

He portrays the bunk house to be very old and dirty as it says about the quality of the beds and things. "George stepped over and threw his blankets down on the burlap sack of straw that was a matress. He looked into the box shelf and then picked a small yellow can from it. 'Say. What the hell's this?'

'Says positively kills lice, roaches and other scourges' "

This shows that the beds weren't very comfy and also shows that they weren't protected from things like rodents and lice etc. But he portrays some good relationships between the other ranch workers. For example, they sit down and play cards and Candy plans to become a part of George's and Lennie's dream of getting some land with the rabbits etc.

Hope this helped :)

Answered Thu 18th April, 2013 @ 14:42 by Georgina Eve Stanley
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Answered Fri 22nd February, 2013 @ 19:33 by Former Member
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Based on the inital description of the bunkhouse (the paragraph on page 19). These are only notes from a full class discussion on the paragraph and it's obviously very deeply analysed so pick and choose which are useful to you, some I agree with and some I don't, so.. :)

- The bunkhouse could represent a capitalist society. It values quantity not quality, for example the number of beds in the bunkhouse in contrast with the deepness of the river on the first page.

- The bunkhouse is perfectly functional but has no colour of life. 'Whitewashed' and 'solid door with a wooden latch' compared with the 'green' of the first page.

- The inhabitants only form of connection is playing cards and at the end of the day they go back to their beds with the 'little articles on the shelves.' Move along with their 'little articles', compared to George and Lennie who move along with eachother.

- Monosylabic words and the abundance of commas and full stops throughout the paragraph means it is quite laborious to read, could represent disjointed life of the migrant workers 

- Short simple sentences. The book ended paragraph gives the notion of them being trapped 

Overall, a strong impression of imprisonment.

Answered Mon 25th March, 2013 @ 14:15 by Keira Chapman
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The bunkhouse is described as an almost sterile environment, showing how the men have no personal or 'comfort items' and only items for practical use. The bunkhouse is seen as almost prison-like as well as it has only a 'small window' and a 'latch' on the door, this could represent that the men feel that they are almost confined to this area, in short they are trapped.
Hope this helps!

Answered Wed 17th April, 2013 @ 16:08 by Micah
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its no problem , good luck , in your exam :)

Answered Sat 23rd February, 2013 @ 07:11 by Connah Greenhalgh - Team GR
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The bunkhouse is very dirty, old, and quite a poor standard. They only get a mattress and a shelf each, and the mattresses probably have lice in them. I is very enclosed, and couldn't be a proper home.

However, Crooks has an even lower standard of where he sleeps. He sleeps with the horses, as he is thought as an animal, because he's black. Even if he tried sleeping with the rest of the men, he would be immediately kicked out, but he knows his place. He doesn't complain, even though he is worse off than the white workers, who do complain.

Answered Thu 25th April, 2013 @ 22:03 by Ashling Hickey
Edited by Ashling Hickey on Thu 9th May, 2013 @ 19:01
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You could also say that the bunkhouse is described as impersonal and harsh - 'rectangular' 'square' 'straight up' 'boxes'

The fact that all the bunks are the same, containing only necessaties so the bunkhouse is ordered and neat, which you don't really expect, this is because like, they are migrant workers and the fact that they will only bring what they will carry, this contrasts to Crooks who is more permanent and has his possesions scattered about.

Answered Sun 3rd May, 2015 @ 12:26 by Giselle2938
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Just like chapter one, steinbeck creates a theatrical setting before introducing more characters. The bunkhouse itself is very 'sparse' which contrasts with the rich description of nature in chapter one. The setting conveys how the ranch hands have limited amount of posessions since they need to be on the move, they cannot root themselves and stay in the same position,

Hope that helps! :)

Answered Wed 30th March, 2016 @ 19:31 by MiahMania
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ad ? , the bunkhouse is isolation for crooks , he is allways there out of the "white" men and woman space if that helps ive not read of mice and men in a while 

Answered Fri 22nd February, 2013 @ 18:57 by Connah Greenhalgh - Team GR
Edited by Connah Greenhalgh - Team GR on Sun 24th February, 2013 @ 17:09