Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

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Knees pulled to his chest (AbP), Lennie Small lies on his bed in a hot cabin in the Salinas Valley of Northern California and discreetly plays with his newborn puppy. His friend and mentor figure, George Milton realizes Lennie’s flawed actions and turns to the bigger man, instructing him to “get right up an’ take this pup back to the nest” (39). George warns Lennie that he may kill the newborn handling it so roughly due to its extremely small size and young age, foreshadowing Lennie’s accidental murder of the fledgling dog later on. George has an unparalleled insight and understanding into Lennie’s personality, and through George’s admonishments of Lennie, John Steinbeck subtly foretells Lennie’s future murder of not only the puppy, but also of a young woman in his novella, Of Mice and Men. Much like George and Lennie, the characters Willie-Jay and Perry have a similar relationship in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Willie-Jay, despite his minor role in the story, serves as Perry’s mentor and foreshadows his future violent actions with his insight into Perry’s character, also providing a positive influence to contrast Perry’s partner in crime, Dick.

Willie Jay’s role in the story serves to foreshadow future events, specifically Perry’s actions via Willie’s deep insight into the man. Details about him arise specifically in Willie’s letters delving into Perry’s character and his violent tendencies. When they were in jail together, Willie-Jay quickly identifies
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