Of Mice And Men Foreshadowing Analysis

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“What consumes your mind, controls your life.” (Unknown). This quote perfectly describes how Author John Steinbeck foreshadows Lennie’s death in his novel Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck was touched to write this distinctive book after his childhood experiences as a farm worker and his observation of migrant laborers. He noticed the poor workers lived an inadequate life of constant travel from one place to another. In fact, this novel is about just that. Published in 1937, Of Mice and Men tells a story about two migrant ranch workers, George and Lennie, who relocate to different areas in California in search of new opportunities during the Great Depression in America. What makes this novel so interesting and significant, is the use of foreshadowing. Essentially every single character plays a huge role in this novel and every single death gives us another clue to the ending. Without Steinbeck’s foreshadowing, one could not predict the final piece to the story and one’s perspective would be a lot different. Thus, Steinbeck foreshadows Lennie’s departure to heaven through the deaths of Candy’s dog, Curley’s wife, and the water snake. Candy’s old useless dog plays a major role in foreshadowing Lennie’s inevitable death. His dog represents the fate anticipated for all living things that have reached their final destination. Candy and his dogs relationship is a perfect mirror image of George and Lennie’s. Candy wants the best for his dog just like George wants the best for Lennie.
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