The extract I have chosen is from the beginning of chapter four andstretches from page 71 to page 73. This extract gives a detaileddescription of Crooks, his room and his possessions.
The extract I have chosen is from the beginning of chapter four andstretches from page 71 to page 73. This extract gives a detaileddescription of Crooks, his room and his possessions. The entrance ofLennie into Crooks? room and the development of their relationshipthroughout the scene is shown. At the beginning of the extract Lennieis not welcomed into Crooks? room, but at the end they begin tobefriend each other.
I chose this extract because it provides us with excellent examples ofdescriptions, dialogue, themes, relationships and vocabulary andlanguage in relation to the social status of certain characters. Thereis an authorial judgement of Crooks and the introduction of Crooksinto the novel. Also, Steinbeck?s style is demonstrated very well.The descriptions in the extract reflect the style of Steinbeck as helists Crooks? possessions in a simple way inorder for the reader tounderstand the bareness of Crooks? life. This includes ‘a mauled copyof the California civil code for 1905.? This along with his’gold-rimmed spectacles? gives the impression that Crooks is educatedand conscious of his rights. The civil code further emphasises thetheme of prejudice and racism; also it is proof that he is not a”Southern negro”.
On page 71, Steinbeck makes an authorial judgement of Crooks, he says,’Crooks was a proud, aloof man. Steinbeck does this to summariseCrooks as a character in a short space of time instead of describingCrooks subtleley throughout the novel. This is because ‘Of Mice andMen? is a sho…
… theharness room with Crooks and Lennie.
One of the main themes in this extract is the ambition and dream ofGeorge, Lennie, Candy and Crooks. However, further on in the novelSteinbeck uses presage to portray the realism of the story. Thesepre-cursors include the death of animals, the mouse and snake and thedeath of Curley?s wife and Lennie and so the death of the dream.Steinbeck creates the character of Curley?s wife to demonstratepresage and impermanence. Curley?s wife is a symbol of transience, asshe is not even given a name. Also, Whit demonstrates the impermanenceof the novel as he is present for a very short space of time.The extract I have chosen is an excellent example of the themesSteinbeck deals with and the literary techniques he uses. Also, thisextract is similar to many in ‘Of Mice and Men? and so summarises thenovel very well.