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    How does Steinbeck use details in this passage to present the bunkhouse and its inhabitants?


    Steinbeck shows that men that lived on the ranch had very plain basic lives. "Walls were whitewashed and the floor was untainted". This shows that the men were so used to having basic lives -they were ranch workers- no families, this shows that even their 'home' they had to deal with as they all moved on ranch to ranch no one bothered to make the bunk house fancy and no one bothered with friendship or having to talk to. All the men wanted to do was to make some money and move on, this also impacts their personalities as they lack empathy the bunk house itself is isolated and as are their lives.


    Steinbeck shows how men lived dirty lives and how they had to live in unhygienic conditions because their lives are now like that "positively kills lice, roaches and other Scrooges". This shows that other men have tried there and moved on, Steinbeck is telling us that they moved on and he is telling us that George doesn't have a choice on whether or not to have a clean bed, he has to live and sleep whenever he gets put because in a migrant worker lifestyle they have to deal with that they are gives as all the workers believe that it'll be worth it in the end and there motivation for getting thought thses places are that once day they can "live off the fatta the LAN" men are continuously moving from place to load as it is part of there lifestyle


    Steinbeck uses light imagery to represent AD "and in and out the beam flies shot like rushing stars" this shoes us that the beam represents the dream the beam is singing through int the bunk house which is g+l's dream. The journey starts at the bunk house for g+l but from the title of the book Steinbeck is telling us how the dream is not going to come true "the best laid plans for OMAM gan aft agly" as g+l have planned out what they want and continusaly longing for a simpler time as they are being nosoglitic this tells us they won't be able to have the dream that they have planned out. Lennon has a major downfall which leads them to no longer being able to achieve the AD


    In the rest of the novel, how does Steinbeck present the lives of ranch workers at that time?


    Steinbeck shows in the novel how George is not after Lennies money, he really does care for him and love he continsoly is warning him of all the danger around him. "Don't even take a look at that *****" he warns Lennies multiple times to not get involved with people who are stopping the dream from happening e.g. He stops him from speaking to the boss/Curleys wife/Curley as he knows that Lennies biggest flaw is that his intellect isn't strong but his extremely strong downfall and he could destroy anyone without meaning any harm this shows how much George cares for Lennies and creates a father and son relationship as he is telling him lovingly to stay well away so their dream can come true. This shows us how in 1930's it was hard for people who were mentally slow had a hard chance of getting along with people in society as they were judged as being idiotic just like Curley thought Lennie was weak and started to fight with him but in the end realised how strong Lennie was as he crushed his hand. This wouldn't happen today as its discriminating against one which is strongly seen today and would be a big issue also Lennie in today's society would receive help and therefore no harm would be caused. The migrant worker lifestyle has lead Lennie to be deprived and want to pet things which is not normal for a grown man to do. Petting things is what Lennies downfall is and is where troubles start to arise deeply.


    In OMAM Steinbeck shoes that no one understands there bond. They think it is weird how g and l come as a pair into the ranch "say-what you sellin" the boss is one of many people showing the readers how people react to their relationship the migrant worker lifestyle has lead them to think that it completely unnatural for 2 men to be friends. They think its weird that George takes care of Lennie and gets suspicious of their relationship ther lifestyle has led them to believe that George is going to harm Lennie or take advantage of him but that isn't the case. The workers are jealous of the bond that George and Lennie both share and because men move on from ranch to ranch they can't share that bond. Today it wouldn't be seen as unnatural as many people work together as friends but pGeorge and Lenny's relationship in the 1930's wasn't common so it seemed strange that 2 men were friends (george being cleaver and lennie coming across with a weak intellect) searching for work.


    Steinbeck shows us George and Lennie both long for a simpler and easier time "an live off the fatta the LAN" this shows us how in the 1930's every white man wanted there own piece of land to provide for his family. George and Lenny are practically family which Steinbeck shows there strong relationship Steinbeck shows that George really cares for Lenny as he has to put up with his childlike behaviour e,g. Wanting to pet rabbits and he hurts people by feeling their hair which is not ok to do people - he like to touch soft things which for a grown man is not right this shows us ultimately George and Lennys relationship isn't common in the 1930's as it was a one's mans job to provide for his family the whole ranch is male job to provide for his family the whole ranch is male and they are all lonely. Steinbeck shows us that George and Lenny won't last as he continsoly lays out a solitaire hand infront of lennie which shows us that George will end up alone. In today's society the dream has changed. People want money and want to be famous but George and Lenny's dream is genuine as they won't be their own person. Today it would be easier than the 1930/ which Steinbeck is showing us the migrant worker lifestyle was hard and lonely. 2 men together couldn't gain the dream they wanted which emphasises the work that had done. It shows how men would be privellaged at having a piece of land and feel as though they are extremely powerful and today a lot of people have that. Today the dream has expanded into being rich/famous etc.
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    7/10 - Some pertinent points, and relatively well written. Grammar mistakes are quite frequent (learn the difference between their and there, it's not hard) and the tone is quite childish in some places - nonetheless, a good essay. Well done.
 
 
 
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