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."