Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' The Barn '

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The point of view given to the narrator by the author, John Steinbeck, is third person omniscient and objective. This means the narrator knows everything about the characters within the story and the plot itself. This novel’s setting starts off during the Great Depression of the 1930’s then continues to the major setting of the novel. The first setting starts at the side of a stream, near by the Salinas River, a few miles south outside of Soledad, California. The major setting is set on a ranch where there aren’t a lot of migrant workers for it being the time of the Great Depression and unemployment was at the highest it has ever been in the United States. The spot is very isolated and lonely, which only includes the main ranch house, the bunkhouse for the workers, the barn where a bad incident happens causing the climax of the novel, and a harness room. The novels protagonist, George Milton travels to find work with his cousin Lennie. George has very big dreams about owning his own ranch one day but with his cousin Lennie being mentally unstable it is very hard for him to do that. George is caring, compassionate, and understanding to the point that he took on the responsibility of his cousin Lennie. Even though Lennie causes all the problems in the novel, George is intelligent enough to solve them and Lennie also may be taller than George but George is still strong in many ways. In regard to the internal conflict, George feels responsible for Lennie. He made a
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