Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men

Good Essays
Throughout the story Of Mice and Men Steinbeck included many examples of foreshadowing. Steinbeck used foreshadowing to give clues on what would eventually happen in the book. Most of the foreshadowing is used to lead up to events having to do with Lennie. Foreshadowing can be good in writing because it makes it so the reader has more of a chance to think of what will happen later on in the story. It also can help you to understand as to why it has the title it does. In the very first chapter, there are already examples of foreshadowing. George and Lennie are walking to a ranch where they will be working. Lennie discovers a dead mouse on the way and keeps it in his pocket. When George realizes he has the mouse he discards of it and scolds him for keeping it. When Lennie begins wanting a new, living mouse, he remembers a woman who gave him mice to play with. George exclaims, "Lady, huh? Don’t even remember who…show more content…
Jesus Christ, somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself." Interestingly enough, Lennie does get shot, like a dog, and occurs when Lennie is alone. There was also someone on the hunt for him, Curley. Although it had nothing to do with a coyote, he was still shot while being hunted. Lennie had made a mistake when he was alone and the consequences for his actions resulted in his execution. One final example of foreshadowing in Of Mice in Men, is when Carlson shot Candy’s dog. Candy told George, "I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog". Candy had realized it was his responsibility to have shot his dog. He owed it to him to do it himself. At the end of the book when George shoots Lennie, it is in comparison to Candy's dog. Candy hadn’t taken it upon himself to kill his dog. George felt like Lennie was his responsibility, so instead of allowing another man to kill Lennie, he shot him himself. All George wanted was to protect
Get Access