Steinbeck’s Use Of Foreshadowing In The Classic No

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Steinbeck’s personal battle chest of repetitive scenes within and management of the cyclic qualities of Of Mice and Men help foreshadow the most tragic events in the book. The foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men helps underscore important parts of the novella. The cyclic properties of the foreshadowed events focus the reader’s attention on specific details and themes, like the death of soft specimens in Lennie’s care. Lennie’s death is foreshadowed in the book by the death of Candy’s dog. Lennie was oft compared to a dog in the book. This comparison is apparent when Lennie is drinking water, but it is also hidden within the context of the book that he, as George’s only friend, is like Candy’s dog, who was Candy’s only friend. Lennie’s hands are the reason he kills Curley’s wife. Therefore, Steinbeck compares his hands to those of a dog’s, calling them “huge paws” (62) and saying that he “pawed up the hay” (89) to bury Curly’s wife. As early as page four, the characterization of Lennie’s uncontrollable strength was denoted by Steinbeck’s description of the way he dragged his feet being similar to “the way a bear drags his paws” (4). And just like Candy’s dog, Lennie had also died, but mark that in both cases, they die by means of gun from their best friends. George’s decision to kill Lennie goes back to the extended metaphor between Lennie and Candy’s dog throughout the book. After the death of Candy’s dog, an interpersonal discussion between George and Candy leads to one important moment. Candy tells George that he “ought to of shot that dog [himself]“(60) and that he “shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot [his] dog”(60). Then, as George finds out about the death of Curley’s wife, it soon becomes apparent that George won’t make the same mistake as candy, that he will kill Lennie. Curley’s wife’s death is foreshadowed by Lennie’s obsession with soft
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