How Does Steinbeck Present The Theme Of Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men

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The most famous line from Of Mice and Men, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go arise,” demonstrates the theme of how intentions of futuristic times often become demolished. Steinbeck implements foreshadowing, characterization, and symbolism to develop the theme throughout the plot. John Steinbeck communicates the theme by foreshadowing Curley’s wife being uses murdered, George taking the life of his best friend, and Lennie and George’s incomplete dream. In the novella, Steinbeck explains Lennie’s fascination with petting soft objects. Starting in the first chapter, Lennie picks up the mouse to pet it and then strangles and suffocates the creature . Lennie explains to George “ I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along.” This foreshadows the event of Lennie murdering Curley’s wife. The theme is created by showing Lennie's intentions being positive, but in the end his plans went so far askew leading him to murder a man’s wife. Steinbeck uses the event of Candy’s dog being shot to foreshadow George’s struggle …show more content…

Lennie’s character is developed by his speech and actions. Due to his lack of intelligence, his innocent intentions turn into horrific complications. The strong, yet mentally deficient character has plans and hopes for the future that soon become memories of the past. George, Lennie’s best friend, is loyal, compassionate, and caring. George’s character is augmented throughout the story; although, he is faced with many trials and tribulations. George desires to have a farm, a home, and a family. He does everything in his power to achieve these goals, but unfortunately does not succeed. George is faced with an unbearable decision which will affect both him and Lennie. The character has to put his best friend to death for his own good. In the event, the theme is once again exhibited. George and Lennie’s best-laid plan had just become

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