Lifestyles In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Explore how Steinbeck presents characters and their lifestyles in ‘Of Mice and Men’. Steinbeck presents the lifestyles of characters by use of the setting: for example Crook’s room shows the conditions he is used to living in. It also shows the racism against black people at the time and place in which this book was set (America, California, Salinas, 1930). People at this time were very prejudiced towards black people and Crook’s room shows this because he is segregated from the other white skinned workers on the ranch. White people were supposedly of higher status than those with darker skin. Another way of showing this is; In Crook’s room there is a ‘California civil code’ book. The ‘California Civil code’ shows the rules and statuses of certain people. Steinbeck refers to the book as ‘mauled’;…show more content…
Steinbeck also uses the Bunk house to represent the life of workers on the ranch; the bunk house is described as, ‘a long rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted. In three walls there were small, square windows, and, in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch. ’This shows that the design of the building is very basic and simple. They don’t live extravagantly or lavishly. Because of the financial crisis California was experiencing (The dust bowl) it was almost impossible for worker men, such as George, to live with luxury. They simply didn't have the money to do it. Steinbeck moves on to describe the furniture on the inside of the room; ‘ Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant in the bunk.’ This shows how the worker men on the ranch don’t have many possessions. It shows how their lifestyle is very changing; they move from ranch to ranch a lot and don't often stay in one place for long. You can also imply from the two previous quotations that the men on the
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