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How Does Steinbeck Use Details In This Passage To Present The Bunkhouse And Its Inhabitants?

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Firstly, Steinbeck presents the inhabitants of the bunkhouse to be trapped. The bunkhouse is described as “a long rectangular building” It is seen as a jail-like place where the occupants of the ranch are trapped in; this symbolises that all hope is near to gone. It is also as if the migrant workers are trapped from their dreams and they have no place to go. The small square windows” shows how their lives are simple and that they have no escape and no freedom. It is also as if cutting off the light cuts off the hope. Steinbeck uses metaphors to emphasise this further. The use of the word’ solid’ to describe the door can also be used to show how it is very thick and a barrier to their dreams. The connotations of the word ‘house’ suggest the place to be homely but this is then juxtaposed further by Steinbeck mentioning the word ‘building’. Buildings are seen to have no identity which mirrors their lives. It is also as if there is no other option for them and that they have no were else to go as the novella is based during the great depression. Even the ‘latch’ is seen to be there as way to stop them getting out with no escape.

Steinbeck presents the inhabitants of the bunkhouse to be uncared for. “The walls were whitewashed and the floors unpainted.” Is a way in which the room is described. This may suggests how it was simple just like their lives. It can also be seen as a metaphorical way for how their lives are simple and they have no identity. The lack of identity can be seen through the ‘white washed’ as it is all unpainted and clear. This can represent how it shows or holds no memory. The fact there is no marks can be easily replaced. It shows how George, Lennie and all the other ranch workers can be replaced and how they travel around a lot. It can also show how because their room is decorated plain, they as people are very plain. The word ‘white’ can also connotate to clean, plain and boring which is just the same as their lives. The fact that the room and floor is ‘unpainted’ may suggest that they so not stay long enough to get to know the room well and it would be a waste to decorate for every new person. This links to how they are migrant workers and travel around and therefore nearly all ranch workers lived in this way. As the room is uncared for it also mirrors how they as workers are uncared for and that their employers do not care for them to care for their inhabitants.

Also, Steinbeck also presents the occupants of the bunkhouse to be poor as they only have a little amount of possessions and little room in which to put them, “Nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk.” Each of the ranch...

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