How Does Steinbeck Use Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men

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The novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck is a gripping tale of two men and their lives during the Great Depression. George Milton and Lennie Small are two migrant workers who travel together finding work. They take on a new job “bucking barley” at a ranch in central California for the ranch owner and his son. While working at the ranch they encounter Curley the ranch owner’s son and his wife, a flirtatious woman. The story reaches a climax when Lennie unintentionally kills Curley’s wife and runs back to the Salinas River just as George instructed. Knowing that Lennie has killed Curley’s wife and will be shot by Curley, George rushes to the river to get to Lennie first. The two men talk for a short while, then George silently brings the gun to Lennie’s head and shoots him. Steinbeck’s use of foreshadowing effective in this novel. Steinbeck …show more content…

It gives the reader subtle hints about characters and their situations, clues to events that might happen, and it conveys necessary information about the story. In addition it can also tease or mislead the reader into thinking that something might happen that actually does not. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses foreshadowing to give hints and clues about what might happen in the end of the book. If a writer fails to include some form of foreshadowing, there is a possibility that an incident or occurrence will happen too quickly and leave the reader confused and wondering why that particular event was not mentioned earlier, or why they are connected. In the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, foreshadowing is immensely important. The use of foreshadowing in this book gives many hints as to what will happen in the end of the book, but many people do not realize this until they finish reading the book. Foreshadowing gives the reader things to ponder over as they read the story, they may think one thing, but something completely different may

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