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  1. In the book 'Of Mice and Men' there are over one hundred references to hands. If we stuffy them closely we can see that they tell us something about that particular character, even their thoughts such as their hopes and fears.

    This is the way that George seems to have control over Lennie. It also shows mental strength because Lennie is described as a bear at the beginning of the story and Lennie as small so Lennie could easily over power George if he wanted to, but George has the mental strength about him to discipline Lennie. When George tells the story of his dream he stabs the can of beans which is a violent action and it is an action which you would normally associate a stabbing action with killing someone.

    • Word count: 717
  2. An American Role Model - The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

    The other quote he made was, "What we're fighting for in the end is each other." Which pretty much pertains to the same idea. Chamberlain is also a very respected man on page 233 Colonel Rice asks Chamberlain if he can shake his hand, he then goes on to say that Chamberlain's attack was one of the best he had ever seen.

    • Word count: 520
  3. The red room

    He even goes as far as knocking the walls for any secret passages. He decides to light some candles in order to calm his nerves. He finally tries to relax and relies on his revolver to keep him safe. The silence over powered the atmosphere and he becomes very uneasy again. He to sits calmly and tries to sing and speak to himself to keep out the horrifying doubts from his mind.

    • Word count: 579
  4. What do you learn of Crooks and the way he lives from this extract?

    His room had very little space inside and he had many possessions to fit into it. Crooks had an injured back and he also possessed many broken things. 'In one hand he held a bottle of liniment; with the other he rubbed his spine'. This point compliments with the things in his room as they are broken and so is he. He had, 'a broken hame'. Crooks also had some books. 'a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the Californian civil code' He is very aware of the law and maybe has this book to read up about the laws on r****m.

    • Word count: 559
  5. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

    I can see that she was fascinated by books when the writer says; "But the Murdoch laughed with a blithe, sweet face. But more and more she turned from that laughter, resolute, loving to hear of the things in the histories and geographies" However she ends up choosing the Scottish Chris, as her mother taught her to love the land and when she dies, Chris is devastated; "And Chris of the books and the dreams died with it" The land was now her priority and she could not leave it.

    • Word count: 938

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