How is setting used and presented in Of Mice And Men

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I need to no about the setting in Of Mice and Men and how John Steinbeck presents and uses it, thanks

Posted Tue 16th October, 2012 @ 19:34 by naomi campbell

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if you notice the beginning of chapter 1 and 6 are quite similar 

Answered Wed 17th October, 2012 @ 06:35 by Connah Greenhalgh - Team GR
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talk about the different events that happen in each setting and the relevance, the bunk house for instance only has 3 small windows, and so not much light can come in, also where curlys wife cuts of light in doorway, and where they decide to kill candys dog, sealing lennys fate - the bunkhouse is where all hope is lost, can go into more detail and use close textual references though, hope that helps :)

Answered Tue 18th December, 2012 @ 19:05 by Elizabeth O'Reilly
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Right on the first page of the first section:

The description seems idyllic and eden-like, but there are many links to themes in the novel. "Winter debris" suggests a negativity to the previous description,

"There is an ashpile made by many fires; the limb is worn smooth by men who have sat on it" Many migrant workers will have sat and stared into the fires, wondering about their American Dreanm. However, the 'ashpile' represents the fact that the dreams have just turned to ash, the dreams were futile. It also relates to the Great Depression, as it was this that turned dreams to ash.
The pool also looks 'kinda scummy' which represents perhaps how the story is going to be an unhappy one. "the limb is worn smooth" shows that many people have passed through.

The last section is set in the same place, and this sort of represents a cycle; dreams will just repeatedly be ruined again and again.

Section five: "the afternoon sun sliced" 'sliced' sounds really harsh and it connects to the death about to come. "buzz of flies" flies usually hover around a dead body, and it links to Curley's wife's death. The sound is also quiet unpleasant.

Answered Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 22:48 by EstherTheBunny