Foreshadowing Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck Essay

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Foreshadowing plays a large part in the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. He sets the scene at the beginning of the chapter with a specific amount of light and dark, and coming from either the natural light of the sun or some type of electric light source. This setting foreshadows the entire chapter in saying whether what happens will turn out positively or negatively. Not only that, but at many different points in the book, the characters foreshadow the end of the book through their actions. Foreshadowing occurs throughout the novel, both for each chapter by itself and for the end, when Lennie ends up dead. The end of “Of Mice and Men” gets foreshadowed frequently throughout the entire novel. In the end, Lennie gets shot and killed by his best friend, and essentially his caretaker, George. The bullet pierces through the back of his head, so that he will die quickly and painlessly, just as Carlson shot Candy’s old dog. Many different events foreshadow this major one, starting in the very first chapter, when Lennie and George talk about how they had gotten run out of Weed, the last town they worked in. Readers do not find out why until the third chapter when George has a conversation with Slim, the skinner, but that conversation reveals that Lennie got falsely accused of raping a woman in Weed. For that reason George and Lennie had to leave the town. George and Lennie had to leave the town of Weed because Lennie got falsely accused of raping a girl, even though he…

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