PLE – Yr 11 tutor group – Home learning due Thursday 22 May

We read the extract below in registration this afternoon and you took it home with you. For tomorrow, please answer the following question in three paragraphs. In the exam, you would allow yourself ten (10) minutes to answer this question.

(b) Explain how the writer uses language to present Candy’s reactions to the death of Curley’s wife in the extract.

Use evidence from the extract to support your answer.                                                  (7)


Extract taken from chapter 5.

 George still stared at Curley’s wife. ‘Lennie never done it in meanness,’ he said. ‘All the time he done bad things, but he never done one of ‘em mean.’ He straightened up and looked back at Candy. ‘Now listen. We gotta tell the guys. They got to bring him in, I guess. They ain’t no way out. Maybe they won’t hurt ‘im.’ He said sharply, ‘I ain’t gonna let ‘em hurt Lennie. Now you listen. The guys might think I was in on it. I’m gonna go in the bunk house. Then in a minute you come out and tell the guys about her, and I’ll come along and make like I never seen her. Will you do that? So the guys won’t think I was in on it?’


Candy said, ‘Sure, George. Sure I’ll do that.’


‘OK. Give me a couple minutes then, and you come runnin’ out an’ tell like you jus’ found her. I’m going now.’ George turned and went quickly out of the barn.


Old Candy watched him go. He looked helplessly back at Curley’s wife, and gradually his sorrow and his anger grew into words. ‘You God damn tramp,’ he said viciously. ‘You done it, di’n’t you? I s’pose you’re glad. Ever’body knowed you’d mess things up. You wasn’t no good. You ain’t no good now, you lousy tart.’ He sniveled, and his voice shook. ‘I could of hoed in the garden and washed dishes for them guys.’ He paused, and then went on in a singsong. And he repeated the old words: ‘If they was a circus or a baseball game . . . we would of went to her . . . jus’ said “ta hell with work,” an’ went to her. Never ast nobody’s say so. An’ they’d of been a pig and chickens . . . an’ in the winter . . . the little fat stove . . .an’ the rain comin’ . . . an’ us jus’ settin’ there.’ His eyes blinded with tears and he turned and went weakly out of the barn, and he rubbed his bristly whiskers with his wrist stump.  


2 thoughts on “PLE – Yr 11 tutor group – Home learning due Thursday 22 May

  1. Micah

    In this extract the writer Steinbeck uses a various amount of emotive language, This may be to really emphasize the characters feelings especially Candy’s. This is suggested to me from the phrase “you lousy tart” from this indicates how angry Candy really is because, she ruined his dream. Also the writer used the language of direct address this is when Candy used the word “you” at Curley’s Wife. This is quite ironic because,because Candy was more angry towards Curley’s Wife rather that Lennie.

    Addition to this again the writer used direct address this is when Candy says “you goddamn tramp”, in this we are also informed by Steinbeck that Candy is extremely angry because, it is said that he said that “viciously” – here he used an adverb to maybe give the reader more of an authentic idea of what’s happening. Where as the word “you” and “tramp” is really blaspheming. This gets the point across easily to everyone.

    1. Mr Legowski Post author

      Micah, there’re several good points in your answer to this question: your identification of adverbs (‘viciously’), and of other uses of language (emotive language and direct address). You also use quotations to support the points you are making.
      To make this more effective, however, please note the following:
      1) The first paragraph begins with a comment on emotive language and then ends with a comment about direct address. You should start a new paragraph when making a new point.
      2) The points you make should be developed in more detail. How? For example, when you make the comment about emotive language, you could provide more than one example and then explain how each quotation shows how angry Candy is at Curley’s wife. You would then make it clear WHY he is so angry and perhaps consider what it tells us about attitudes towards Curley’s wife (and women?) that he is angry at her and not Lennie for killing her (and their dream).
      3) Please remember that ‘you’ and ‘tramp’ are NOT examples of blasphemy. Find out what blasphemy is as you might be able to use is correctly in your answers.


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