Of Mice and Males– Stress in Chapter 3
Stress is produced in chapter 3 building approximately the minute Candy’s pet dog is shot with the duplicated usage of silence. The word ‘silence’ is utilized 3 times to describe the environment of the room leading up to the moment the pet dog is shot. The silence is described as’ [coming] out of the night and attacking the space’. From this personification we can deduce that Steinbeck wanted the reader to view the silence as a burglar. Due to the fact that it is viewed as such, the existence of something undesirable can offer a sense of danger.
The characters do not desire the silence present, suggesting the shot will be heard by Candy. This will increase the uncomfortable atmosphere in the room since no one is quite sure regarding how Candy can be comforted. Slim attempts to console Sweet by providing him a pup to make up for his loss. Slim informs Candy that he ‘can have any among them puppies [he] desire [s]’ Nevertheless, Candy declines to acknowledge his deal, reinforcing the currently tense environment in the bunkhouse. The reader will want the stress to be broken and will hope that Slim’s efforts at doing so will be successful.
Although In Of Mice and Male, when they do not, it only increases the tension in the room, and the reader experiences this likewise. This is how significant stress is created surrounding Sweet’s canine’s death. In chapter 3 tension is produced by the method in which time passes within the text. Whatever seems to take place, and time passes, in this section of the text. It is explained how ‘a minute passed, and after that another minute.’ This shows that even the characters in this section of the book are observing in addition to the reader.
They are all sitting together in the bunkhouse, waiting for the shot to sound. Due to the fact that they are awaiting something bad to happen, everything seems to take a lot longer than typical. The reader knows that the shooting of the pet ought to not take too long, but as they are preparing for the shot to sound, whatever seems to take longer. This is how time passing slowly is utilized in chapter 3 to create significant stress. Small noises that would not always be seen are gaining the attention of ‘all the males in the room’.
Generally the ‘little gnawing sounds from under the floor’ would go undetected. However, due to the environment of the room being so tense, everyone is hyper-aware of the small noise took place ‘all the guys looked towards it gratefully’. We can inform that the characters are all trying to find something to draw discussion out of to avoid hearing the shot. This is not accomplished and the shot is heard, distressing Sweet, who the reader will empathise with. This is how Steinbeck develops dramatic stress in chapter 3 surrounding the pet dog’s death.