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.