Mice And Men Rhetorical Quotes

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"Hide in the brush till I come for you. Can you remember that?" Of Mice and Men Pg15
The above quote is significant to Of Mice and Men as it foreshadows the setting of later events. George has Lennie repeat several times that should trouble occur, he is to hide in the bushes. The repetition of the hiding place enables the reader to conclude that eventually the duo will encounter trouble and that this first location the reader was introduced to, will become the scene of troublesome events latter in the story. Also, the fact that Lennie is able to remember and repeat back these instructions further highlights the significance of them as Lennie has hard time remembering things he was just told. Lennie typically only remembers things that are
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From the beginning of Of Mice and Men the author, John Steinbeck, alludes to the fact that Lonnie suffers from some form of mental retardation. By allowing Lennie to talk to himself, Steinbeck allows the reader to gain Lennie’s perspective and see how he copes with his “bad” actions. One way Steinbeck does this is by including rhetorical questions as seen in the quote above. These questions highlight the fact that Lennie has a hard time taking responsibility for his actions and drastically underestimates his own strength. Lennie killing the puppy also foreshadows his killing of Curley 's wife. The first animal he killed was a mice, now a puppy, and then a human; showing a progression of unintentional violence. He assumed that because the puppy was bigger he could be rougher with it and as such blames it for dying. In part Lennie’s inability to take responsibility for his actions occurs because George has laid so much focus on Lennie being "good" that Lennie cannot remove himself from bad situations. By using rhetorical questions Steinbeck allows for further discussion of Lennie 's …show more content…
By providing this parallelism Steinbeck, the author of Of Mice and Men allows for the plot to come full circle and make good on his previous foreshadowing. Steinbeck includes several of the same elements with slight variations including the water snake looking like a periscope, and the rustling of the sycamore leaves. However, here the water snake is gobbled up by a bird symbolizing the danger for Lennie to return to this area. He is now prey to a dedicated group of men who know where he is located. It is also ironic that Lennie remembers where George told Lennie to hide as it allows George to find Lennie and shoot him before the rest of the few get there. A location that was presented as a haven for the pair earlier in the book becomes the place where George forsakes

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