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How does Steinbeck use the brush in chapters 1 and 6 to show his view on survival of the fittest and dreams?

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Introduction

Sarah Mehdi D11 Homework: How does Steinbeck use the brush in chapters 1 and 6 to show his view on survival of the fittest and dreams? Steinbeck has shown a direct significance in chapters 1 and 6 to show his view on survival of the fittest and dreams. The novel is cyclical as we examine, begins and ends in the same place. The beginning included keywords such as ?twinkling?, ?sunlight? and ?golden?, which makes the setting seem almost like the Garden of Eden. ...read more.

Middle

Both chapter 1 and chapter 6 feature animals to foreplay the story where Steinbeck can give us two ideas to the theme of the novel and where he introduces the water snake and heron. Where in the first chapter everything seems to be calm and under control and peaceful, but in the last chapter it seems as if good (being nature) had been destroyed, where the heron then eats the water snake ?plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed the little snake?. ...read more.

Conclusion

All signs of hope seem to have been gone and highlights the end to the ?American dream', which could link to how they have been destroyed throughout the novel. The whole heavenly-like atmosphere has disappeared where the peaceful surroundings have now turned into almost a hell-like vision with ?the sun had left the valley?, ?a pleasant shade had fallen?, symbolising the death of dreams and the use of pathetic fallacy. We know from just by looking at the scene where the whole novel had started, which was based in the location ?Soledad? meaning loneliness in Spanish, that loneliness is the main theme, where every man is for himself, where they dream of freedom that they can never really get. ...read more.

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