The extract can be found on pg 55 and 56 of the Longman edition.
The significance of this extract is to highlight Slim's God-like persona. Steinbeck uses a number of techniques to present this to the reader.
The first thing suggested about Slim is that he has a natural aura of confidence of which he exudes power without trying to. We are told he wears "blue jeans" and "a short denim jacket" "like the others". The fact he can wear such ordinary clothes and at the same time be considered "royalty", clearly suggests that he is a respected member of the ranch, not for how he looks, but what his character acts like. This is in converse to Curley who try's to impress people by the clothes he wears as oppose to his personality.
Furthermore, we could purport Slim to be God-like in his doings. During the extract Slim is described using leximes such as "royalty" and "prince", both of which are normally sugestive of being at the top of the heirarchal system. In addition to this, "royalty" were, at one time, thought of as being direct decendants of God. Steinbeck could be implying here that Slim has the power, respect and likliness of God - so much so infact that his character could be considered a myth (like God is today in some cultures).
Lastly, to comment on the quotation, "gravity in his mannor", we the readers might see this as a reference to the scientific idea of "gravity". The use of the word "gravity" may suggest Slim is what keeps things held together in such a pressured environment of 1930s America on the ranch. Without him, everyone would float away and so Slim is vital in the sense he is a constant that without could cause catastrophic impacts.(please bear in mind I have 20 minutes to do this in the exam and that is what i produced in 20 minutes at home) Any feedback would be great. Thankyou.
Could someone please mark and comment on this extract analysis of Slim from OMAM? Watch
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