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by John Steinbeck

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In Of Mice and Men what was bunkhouse culture like in regards to women?

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The bunkhouse is a dusty, rectangular building without amenities, where the workers sleep and spend the majority of their downtime on the ranch. The bunkhouse is described as having plain whitewashed walls and an unpainted floor with eight bunks inside. Above each bunk is an open apple box, where the men keep their small personal belongings. There is also a square table in the middle of the bunkhouse, where the men play cards. The bunkhouse is strictly designed to accommodate hardworking men, who do not mind living in a rough environment. There are no decorations or amenities which could be described as being convenient or pleasant to women, and the culture inside the bunkhouse is void of a woman's touch. Only men reside in the bunkhouse, and Curley's wife occasionally peeks her head inside to look for her husband. There is a general absence of female culture on the ranch, which further emphasizes Curley's wife's loneliness. There is essentially no place on the ranch where she is welcome, and Curley would lose his temper if she were to spend time with the male workers in the bunkhouse. Overall, the bunkhouse is void of any trace of female culture and is strictly a place where men reside.

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