What Does The Snake Symbolize In Of Mice And Men

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The book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, uses symbolism to foreshadow the good and bad that will happen to the characters, and relate his characters to some larger, and more widely known people and ideas. Throughout this essay, it will become clear how and when Steinbeck uses symbolism. For example, the snake Lennie sees crossing the pond, “A water snake glided smoothly up the pool, twisting its periscope head from side to side; and it swam the length of the pool and came to the legs of a motionless heron that stood in the shadows.” Most of the time when you see a snake in literature, it foreshadows evil and troubles in the near future. John uses the snake as a symbol for Curly. The first time Lennie sees the snake, it’s when he’s on his way to the ranch. Shortly after Lennie arrives at the ranch, Curly proceeds to be rude and even beat Lennie for no other reason except the fact that he is big, while Curly is a scrawny little …show more content…

an example to look to is found on 1st Peter 2:22, “Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth.” Although he is the epitome of a good guy, when wrong is done onto him, he shows no hesitation to set them straight. In Matthew 21:12, “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves.” This passage talks about a time that Jesus went into a temple in Jerusalem and found people trading and selling goods inside, which they knew was wrong and disrespectful. Jesus did not appreciate the flippantness, in fact, he was enraged by the contempt. Although he could have easily killed anyone and everyone in the temple, then and there, he showed mercy and flipped tables and chairs and yelled. Both Jesus and Lennie have incredible, abnormal strength, but chose to only use it when rationalism is not going to

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