How Does Steinbeck Present Slim As Tall

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Part a: In the extract Steinbeck instantly portrays the character Slim as ‘tall’, which immediately helps the reader envisage a man not only tall in stature but in status and gravitas, Candy’s depiction of Slim as a man who “don’t need no high heeled boots”, confirms the readers assumption that Slim does need to use artificial objects to prove his strength, which contrasts Curly, being a “small man”, who feels it to be necessary to wear ‘high-heeled boots’, which is a symbolic metaphor for his ‘power’, (achieved through nepotism), attained through artificial means. In addition Steinbeck’s description of Slims ‘blue jeans and short denim jacket’ give the reader an insight into the personality of the character, although much more skilled than…show more content…
The adverb ‘kindly’ also suggests he is a good man, unlike the majority of migrant workers. Steinbeck’s effective technique of alliteration ‘ moved…majesty…master’ suggest smooth movement and an elegant poised and sophisticated man capable of so much more than the menial job, that the failure of the American dream has forced him to…show more content…
‘.. And the stable buck put in his head’, is a clear example of how marginalised and unwelcome he is and has to remain in the doorway. Also Steinbeck’s consistent referral to him as ‘the stable buck’, is a symbolic way of expressing society’s opinion of crooks, not by name but by job description, which show how he is not considered to be human and no better than machinery. This continuous discrimination has rendered Crooks defensive “you ain’t wanted in my room”, is a portrayal of Crooks personality after being subjected to such horrific acts and how he is untrusting of

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