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Critical appreciation of an extract of Mice and Men.

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  • Submitted: 17/11/2003
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GCSE John Steinbeck

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Critical Appreciation of an Extract of Mice and Men

The extract I have chosen is from the beginning of chapter four and stretches from page 71 to page 73. I chose this extract because it provides us with excellent examples of descriptions, dialogue, themes, relationships, vocabulary and language.

This extract gives a detailed description of Crooks, his room and his possessions. At the beginning of the extract Lennie is not welcomed into Crooks' room, but at the end they begin to befriend each other.

Steinbeck lists Crooks' possessions in a simple way in order for the reader to understand the bareness of Crooks' life. This includes 'a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905' and 'gold-rimmed spectacles'. This gives the impression that Crooks is educated and conscious of his rights. The civil code further emphasises the theme of prejudice and racism.

On page 71, Steinbeck uses short descriptive sentences to describe Crooks, "Crooks was a proud, aloof man." Steinbeck does this to summarise Crooks as a character in a short space of time instead of describing Crooks slowly throughout the novel.

Crooks' character is drawn with considerable pity and sympathy. This

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