Foreshadowing In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Did you know that John Steinbeck is a Nobel Prize winner? The book Of Mice and Men was based on a well-known poem called “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. The book Of Mice and Men is about two migrant workers named George and Lennie who have a dream to own a ranch one day. How does Steinbeck use foreshadowing in his book? Foreshadowing is shown in Steinbeck’s book through these four things. He relates his book to the poem “To a Mouse”, explaining Lennie’s obsession with soft things, the idea of the American dream and lastly, Steinbeck’s comparison between Candy’s dog and Lennie.
John Steinbeck uses foreshadowing by alluding to the poem “To a Mouse”. Evidence to support this would be a quote from the text “the best laid schemes of mice and men
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Steinbeck explains this fondness several times throughout the story, hinting that Lennie’s obsession will get both him and George into trouble. For example, when Lennie snaps his rat's neck which foreshadows to when Lennie accidentally snaps Curley’s wife’s neck. A quote from the book to support this claim would be when George says, “All the time somethin’ like that-- all the time” (steinbeck chapter 1 Of Mice and Men).This quote explains that George knows of Lennie’s obsession and how it has caused problems in the past and how it will cause problems for them in the future. Throughout the story George describes the history of Lennie’s …show more content…
In the book Carlson tells Candy to “take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head…why he’d never know what hit him.” Carlson is telling Candy to do this because he believes shooting the dog in the back of the head would put him out of his misery and allow him to die peacefully without feeling a thing. After Candy finally agrees with Carlson, Carlson ends up shooting his dog. Candy then feels bad about it because he states that “I oughtta of shot that dog myself…I shouldn’t oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog.” Candy believes that he should have shot it because, in the end, he would have been helping his dog, not a stranger. This is foreshadowing when Lennie gets shot because he killed Curley’s wife. Lennie got shot in the back of the head so he wouldn’t feel it by George, which is someone Lennie is comfortable with. If Lennie didn’t get shot by George and die not feeling a thing then Curley would have shot him in the guts and let him die a slow and painful

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