Essay: How Does Steinbeck Foreshadow the Pivotal Events of the Book? What Does This Effect Do for the Tone of the Book?

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Essay: How does Steinbeck foreshadow the pivotal events of the book? What does this effect do for the tone of the book?
Steinbeck foreshadowed the pivotal events based on Lennie’s psychological structure, innocence, brute strength and the pure brotherly love he holds for George. This therefore gives an overall depressing tone of the book with barely any positive events.
Steinbeck first foreshadowed the pivotal events of the book through Lennie’s slight mental disability shown on page 8 where George refers to him as a “crazy bastard”. It can be assumed that Lennie indeed has a disability and therefore impacts on the decisions he makes. An example of the effect Lennie’s disability is on page 13 where George loses his temper and recounts
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It is well known in the novel that George and Lennie have an extremely strong bond between each other and, due to this trait; it foreshadows most of the pivotal events in the book. For example, Lennie killing Curley’s wife for Lennie “had broken her neck”. This shows that Lennie doesn’t want George to get mad at him, to the point where “he shook her then, and he was angry with her” and therefore shows Lennie’s love towards George to the extent where he’d exercise extreme force. Another example of this is on page 98, where Lennie and George meet at the “deep green pool of the Salinas River”, where George told him to go if he got into trouble. Lennie’s first dialogue is of George saying that he “di’n’t forget, you bet, God damn. Hide in the brush an wait for George”. This shows Lennie’s love for George as the place he decides to stay out is where George told him to go and immediately think of him.
Finally, the most important example of Lennie’s love towards George is shown in Lennie’s death. As though it may show it, Lennie’s strong bond with George allows George to pull the trigger. Evidence of this is shown on page 103 where Lennie “cried in triumph” when talking about the partnership him and George. Such a bond shows that George could get close enough to him to pull the trigger as Lennie feels so strongly about him, saying that “We got each each other, that’s what, that gives a hoot in hell about us.” This shows that Lennie’s

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