Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men Take a little peek into the future. Though seeing the future is impossible, foreshadowing makes it possible. It is possible to see just a little bit of the future with foreshadowing. It is required to take a guess, but foreshadowing makes it possible to make a better prediction. John Steinbeck foreshadows a lot. Most events in “Of Mice and Men” are used to foreshadow important plot points. One event that is foreshadowed is Lennie wrecking the dream and messing everything up. One example of this is displayed when George and Lennie are sitting in the field. George tells Lennie, “‘An’ you ain’t gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither’” (Steinbeck 7). This shows that Lennie has gotten into trouble before, so it is likely that he will get into trouble again, therefore messing everything up. Another time this is shown is when George tells Lennie to hide in the brush. George says, “‘Lennie- if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before…’” (Steinbeck 15). So, it is assumed that no matter where they go, what town they go to, Lennie always gets them into trouble, one way or another. If this happens in every town, it is expected that Lennie is going to get them in trouble at this new place. Additionally, while Slim and George are talking about Lennie, George says, “‘There ain’t no more harm in him than a kid neither except he’s so strong’” (Steinbeck 43). It stands to reason that what has always gotten him into trouble is his strength, so logically, his strength will get him in trouble again. Foreshadowing was used multiple times to show that Lennie will end up messing everything up. Another event that is foreshadowed is Lennie killing the puppy that Slim gives him. For instance, as Lennie is talking to George about the mice his Aunt Clara gave him, George says, “‘You always killed them’” (Steinbeck 9). He is saying that Lennie always killed the pet mice Aunt Clara gave him. If he killed all his pet mice, then he will most likely do the same to any other pet he gets. Also, in that same scene, Lennie is explaining how he killed all those mice. He says, “‘I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I’d pinch their heads a little and then they was dead…’” (Steinbeck 10). It is clear that when the animals play with him, he plays back and then they are dead. Since dogs like to play a lot, especially puppies, the puppy will probably play with him and end up dying. The last example of this is when they hear about Slim having the puppies, when Carlton and Slim were talking about killing Candy’s dog and giving him one of Slim’s puppies. Lennie asks George to see if they can get a puppy from Slim. George says, “‘I heard him Lennie. I’ll ask him’” (Steinbeck 36). Reasonably, they will most probably get a puppy. Lennie cannot kill the puppy if he does not have one. The death of the puppy is foreshadowed. Also, Candy’s dog being shot was foreshadowed. This is shown once while the men are in the barn, playing cards, Carlton is talking about shooting the dog. Carlton says, “‘Why’n’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog…’” (Steinbeck 36). This shows that he was trying to convince Slim to get Candy to shoot the dog. He asked Slim because what Slim says goes. This foreshadows the dog being shot because it shows that some people on the farm want the dog dead, so it will probably end up being dead. Also, this is shown when Candy’s dog walks into the barn. The book says, “…ancient dog walked lamely through the open door… mild half blind eyes…” (Steinbeck 37). This reveals that the dog was useless and old. Usually, when dogs are useless, old, or both, the owner puts the dog down, just like Candy does. Furthermore, as Carlton is trying to convince Candy to shoot the dog, he says, “‘He ain’t no good to you… he ain’t no good to himself. Why’n’t you shoot him Candy?’” (Steinbeck 44). Because of the fact that most people put dogs down when all the dog is doing is harming…
How does Lee explore the theme of bravery in section one of the novel?
Lee explores the theme of bravery in section 1 between several people, Scout, Jem, Atticus, Mrs Dubose and other people in Maycomb. There is different kinds of bravery throughout the novel it goes from being an immature bravery and slowly becomes a mature bravery.
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In ‘Of mice and Men’ Steinbeck uses each character to portray many themes and ideas. Some of the main themes in this novel are loneliness, shattered dreams and isolation. Despite Curley’s wife not being a main character she represents most of these themes. She is presented as a flirtatious, promiscuous and trouble-some woman who is a danger to the men on the ranch. This essay will explore the writer’s ideas and how both dislike and sympathy are created for Curley’s wife between the first and last…
Of mice and Men, the novel by John Steinbeck, is one of the most important texts in American literature because the characters represent significant roles that shows in the real world. During the Great Depression back in the 1930’s, many individuals had an American Dream that one will achieve, but had to be adjourn. There are many themes that are in the book of Mice and Men that stands out, but the one that stands out the most is a Dream Deferred. The theme is the most meaningful to the reader…
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‘Of Mice and Men’
Of Mice and Men is a short novel written by the author John Steinbeck, in which he explores the themes of friendship and loneliness. Following the lives of the 1930s ranch workers, and the hope of achieving the ‘American Dream’ and how events can conspire against the realization of ones dreams…
really good books, and that is why most professors or teachers choose these novels for us to read and analyze. I chose Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck.
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‘Of Mice and Men’personal study
essay question;Discuss how the writer explores the main theme of loneliness in the novel and how this affects the characters.
‘Of Mice and Men’by John Steinbeck is about two young men named Lennie Small and George Milton who try and achieve the American dream. They aim to have their own farm and land and to live a better, ideal life style but it does not plan out how they wanted.At the start of the book Lennie and George’s strong friendship is instantly…
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937…
Loneliness in Of Mice and Men
One of the most important themes in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is loneliness. Multiple characters in this book are lonely, and all in very different ways. Lennie is a very lonely character. Because of his mental capacity people do not understand him. Curley’s wife is one of the most obvious lonely characters because the only person she can talk to is her husband. Another lonely character is George even though on the outside he does…
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George's often dismaying desire is to accompany Lennie. George’s…
How does Steinbeck present the theme of violence in ‘Of Mice and Men’?
John Steinbeck’s short novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ presents the desolate nature of 1930s America, in particular Soledad, close to where Steinbeck himself grew up and worked during this time. Notably, Steinbeck focuses on the life of migrant workers who were forced to travel from ranch to ranch in search of work as a result of the simultaneous occurring disasters ‘The Great Depression’ and ‘The Dustbowl’. Due to the economic crisis…