Of Mice and Men - the Bunkhouse and Its Inhabitants.

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The bunkhouse is a main place for the ranchmen to relax, play cards and sleep, despite its drawbacks. Steinbeck uses details about how the bunkhouse looks. He also gives us readers a brief insight of what the ranchmen are like and what belongings the ranchmen have left with them. We also get a description of Candy, the ‘old man’ on the ranch. The bunkhouse is shown to be a ‘long, rectangular building’ with ‘whitewashed’ walls and the floor ‘unpainted’. This shows that the bunkhouse was quite plain, boring, and simple and didn’t have much decoration. Three of the walls had ‘small, square widows’ and the fourth had the ‘solid door with a wooden latch’. We are then told that against the walls were ‘eight bunks, five of them made up … and three showing their burlap packing’. We are then told that near one of the walls was a ‘black cast-iron stove’ with ‘its stove-pipe going straigjht through the ceiling’ also, as a form of entertainment, there is a ‘big square table littered with playing cards, and around it were grouped boxes’. The use of the word ‘littered’ brings emphasis on what the bunkhouse maybe be like. It may show us that, just like the cards are ‘littered’ so may the room. There is a sense of temporariness/ impermanence in the ranch, which makes the reader think that the ranch men move quite regularly, as shown that three of the beds aren’t made up. We also gain information on what the beds are like. We are told that over each bed/bunk, was an ‘apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings’. We then learn that in each of the shelves were ‘loaded with little articles, soap and talcum powder, razors and those Western magazines that the ranch men love the read and scoff at and secretly believe’. We know that some shelves contained ‘medicines … and little vials, combs; and from nails on the box sides, a few
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