Of Mice and Men Bunkhouse vs. Nature

Of Mice and Guy Bunkhouse vs. Nature

Compare Steinbeck’s treatment of the natural world with his depiction of the bunkhouse in the first two chapters of Of Mice and Men (1937) The first 2 chapters of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Male (1937) present the contrasting environments of a Salinas riverbank and the cattle ranch bunkhouse. The natural world is portrayed as a large a limitless environment. “On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains” (p. 3).

When Steinbeck uses the description of the slopes curving up to the Gabilan Mountains, he is informing the reader that there is a big distance between the bank of the Salinas River and the Galiban Mountains. As the noise of the word “curving” is mild, and kind to the ear, it recommends that the incline is likewise mild, and as Mountains are always over 10,000 feet, this also portrays the huge expanse of the “golden foothill slopes”. On the other hand, the bunkhouse is depicted as a really little and limited domain. “The Bunkhouse was a long, rectangular structure.” (p. 9) This may be due to the fact that Steinbeck had previous experience of working on ranches, and discovered it claustrophobic, restricted and preventing. One significant style used in the book “Of Mice And Guy” is nature. This theme is utilized at the start of the book, for different factors. Nature is interlinked with images, used on a series of occasions within the very first two chapters. Both nature and imagery are in cooperation with each other to bring up hints of future events, or to create a state of mind, and even to predestine Lennie and George’s future in the book. “‘I ain’t sure its excellent water,’ he said ‘looks kinda scummy. ‘” (p.) In the book 2 paragraphs focus on nature, the first paragraph in the first chapter and the first paragraph in the last chapter. These 2 paragraphs contrast tremendously and in a manner show how George and Lennie’s destiny is heading throughout the story. These 2 paragraphs are nearly total opposites however do contain some sentences that are near enough the very same, but put into the context associating with George and Lennie’s dreams. For example, “Currently the sun had left the valley” (p. 98), remains in fantastic contrast with the phrase, “The golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains” (p. ), this difference between both phrases, and the excellent usage of imagery which is interlinked with the theme of nature, makes us understand how there was hope at the start of the book, however that all that hope was broken down by the end of the book. The sun leaving the valley shows the concept of dreams that have flown away, however, the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains ties into the concept that, although it will be hard to reach that dream, there is some faith because the mountains are “foothill” (p. 3), or in other words, reachable.

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