Of Mice and Men

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Light in 'Of Mice and Men'

Steinbeck often refers to light and dark, or sunshine and shadow as symbols and to create atmosphere.

  • The poor light inside the bunkhouse and Crooks' room reflect the miserable lives of the ranch workers.

"At about ten o'clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars."

  • Later the light in the barn resembles the bars in a prison cell. Suggests they're never going to leave the ranch, trapped like in a prison.

"The afternoon sun sliced in through the cracks of the barn walls and lay in bright lines on the hay."

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the quotes help....but who says them...what character?? 


it is a narrative quote


what are the page references for these quotes?


This is not the best :/ x

charlotte f

not sure on this :/


the actual term for this contrast made between the light and the dark is 'chiaroscuro' 

very much used in the Art World


This was very useful for me, thank you very much!


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