Important Places and Settings in "Of Mice and Men".

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Steinbeck uses place within the novel deliberately to expose a microcosm in the macrocosm of society, the wishes to emphasise themes of racism, murder segregation and the American Dream and uses his depiction of place and setting to do so.

The first location depicted by Steinbeck at the beginning of the novella is the Pool like setting. It is initially described as a beautiful place; this is reinforced by the adjectives “yellow” and “twinkling”. The adjective yellow, although doesn’t seem very important within the description of the first paragraph, is commonly associated with happiness, furthermore the brilliance of the adjective “twinkling” suggest that something is very rich and sparkly. However, the pool like area is described in such a way that it sounds faultless; the reader may begin to think that it is too good to be true. The writer may have done this purposely as a way of foreshadowing, creating an ominous undertone which could be indicative of a theme further on in the novella. Additionally, the quotation “tracks of deer come to drink in the dark” adds to how safe the pool like area is, however this safety may not last that long foreboding the death of Lennie.

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One pivotal location represented by Steinbeck for the first time within chapter 2 is the Bunk house. When he first introduces the reader to it, he states that the Bunkhouse is a "long rectangular building" and "inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted". The adjective "rectangular" gives the impression of the Bunk house being simple, bland and boring, this is further reinforced by how simple and terrible the lives of the workers within the Bunk house are, even though it is aimed to show comfort within the Ranch and a place where they can rest. Furthermore, the adjectives ...

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