Of Mice And Men George And Lennie's Relationship Essay

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The author John Steinbeck presents the relationship between the two characters, George and Lennie in different ways as they are both different characters and have different personalities. This means that George is a man like person and Lennie is a childlike. However, John Steinbeck is one of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth century. This novel was written in 1937 and was set in California (USA) in the 1930s, when America had a great depression. Depression affected everyone this is because many people were unemployed and had to travel and migrate to look for work. The book explores people's unrealistic dreams, their desperate needs for work and money, not belonging and being an outsider and the terrible loneliness the depression left…show more content…
The shot of the gun is described as "the little snapping noise" the adjective “little” is used by Steinbeck to show that the death of the dog was short and with minimal pain which emphasizes that the intention was not to harm the animal. Candy also expresses the feelings he had for his dog and how much he loved him "Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him." He said proudly, you wouldn’t think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen." This quote uses foreshadowing because for one thing, it is a companion to Candy as Lennie is to George. Also, the dog's death may have been Candy's fault just like Lennie's death may be George's fault. The effect of using foreshadowing is that foreshadowing puts the reader in suspense. Steinbeck uses this sentence to highlight how obedient Lennie was to George, and how he walked behind him, not only as an inferior, but almost like a pet. “Behind him came George, and behind George, Lennie.” which shows that Lennie is dependent on George to know what to do. The word “behind” is used twice to show the status of the characters, George was behind someone already but instead of Lennie standing beside him he was behind him, showing that Lennie was already of a lower status once they had
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