Use Of Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck uses foreshadowing throughout the entire novel. He uses it from the beginning when they are running from Weed to later in the novel with Candy and his dog, and Lennie kills anything soft. These key events grant the readers a deeper insight into the lives of the character and how they react to daily affairs. Steinbeck uses foreshadowing in *Of Mice and Men* to demonstrate to the reader how past events can predict what will happen and maybe repeat in the future accentuating important issues and conflicts.

Steinbeck uses foreshadowing from the first time we meet George and Lennie. They were running from Weed because Lennie was accused of rape. Really, the big guy was only feeling a woman's red dress, but she screamed,
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Unquestioning obedience to George is one of those child-like traits which is truly realized when in the novel Steinbeck wrote George saying, "I was feelin' pretty smart. I turned to Lennie and says, 'Jump in.' An' he jumps. Couldn't swim a stroke . He damn near drowned before we could get him. An' he was so damn nice to me for pullin' him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in..."(P.40) Another is killing every mouse he has ever had, which also shows his lack of self-control. Lennie's overly affectionate nature leads him to destroy every soft thing he touches. This foreshadows him killing Curley's wife because he kills her after feeling her soft hair. It is at its peak when the child like character kills the puppy that he went and saw every chance he could. Lennie kills it right before she walks in the barn. Steinbeck creates Lennie's adoration for rabbits and not wanting to get in trouble both to lead to the death of Curley's wife. This case of foreshadowing heightens the conflict and turning point of the novel.

The use of foreshadowing in *Of Mice and Men* augments the conflict, characterization, and the climax. Steinbeck enhances the novel with this literary device for readers to get a more in depth level with the characters and their flaws, and to magnify key events. The heightened awareness for the characters that readers now possess allows them to predict what will happen later in the novel. The effect of foreshadowing leaves the readers with a more comprehensive view of the characters, events, time period and social

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