sorry i know i already posted a oassage but i got some really useful answers and i'm sure it helped others too, please leave suggestions of points for this passage:
One end of the great barn was piled high with new hay and over the
pile hung the four-taloned Jackson fork suspended from its pulley. The
hay came down like a mountain slope to the other end of the barn,
and there was a level place as yet unfilled with the new crop. At
the sides the feeding racks were visible, and between the slats the
heads of horses could be seen.
It was Sunday afternoon. The resting horses nibbled the remaining
wisps of hay, and they stamped their feet and they bit the wood of the
mangers and rattled the halter chains. The afternoon sun sliced in
through the cracks of the barn walls and lay in bright lines on the
hay. There was the buzz of flies in the air, the lazy afternoon
From outside came the clang of horseshoes on the playing peg and the
shouts of men, playing, encouraging, jeering. But in the barn it was
quiet and humming and lazy and warm.
Only Lennie was in the barn, and Lennie sat in the hay beside a
packing case under a manger in the end of the barn that had not been
filled with hay. Lennie sat in the hay and looked at a little dead
puppy that lay in front of him. Lennie looked at it for a long time,
and then he put out his huge hand and stroked it, stroked it clear
from one end to the other.
And Lennie said softly to the puppy, "Why do you got to get
killed? You ain't so little as mice. I didn't bounce you hard." He
bent the pup's head up and looked in its face, and he said to it, "Now
maybe George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin's out you
analyse this Of Mice and Men passage? watch
- Thread Starter
- 23-05-2016 00:05
- 23-05-2016 00:22
- 'Rattling of halter chains' associated with Curley's Wife and the trouble she brings.
- The idea of a 'mountain slope' links to the opening of the novella and the place where Lennie was told to go if he ever got into trouble. Is the reader being reminded of this just before he kills Curley's Wife so needs to go there?
- 'Between the slats' has connotations of prison. Suggestive of Lennie's future actions?
- 'Bright lines in the hay' continues the recurring motif of light and dark.
- Animals on the novel always die.
- Juxtaposition - 'little dead puppy' and 'huge hand' exaggerates how powerful Lennie is.
- Lennie doesn't understand the consequences of his actions - he simply thinks he's done 'another bad thing'