Heeding Literary Omens In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Lizeth Preciado
Deborah Sidler
Pre AP English 9: 2A
December 1st, 2017
The Importance of Heeding Literary Omens: Of Mice and Men The novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, depicts the unfortunate tale of two men traveling in search of labor. Lennie Small, and George Milton, born and raised in Auburn, settle in Salinas valley making their living as ranch hands. Conflict arises as Lennie struggles to heed George’s words and eventually Lennie suffers his downfall at the hand of his best friend. John Steinbeck used foreshadowing in, Of Mice and Men, to express and reveal the sentiments behind characters actions and personalities throughout the novel, demonstrating the importance of foreshadowing to deepen the understanding of major events in a novel. The author utilizes the setting of the book to foreshadow the differences in Lennie and George's characters. Before they are introduced, Steinbeck describes the diverse region of mountains and streams close to George and Lennie’s destination. The area is separated by a river with one side harboring, “golden foothill slopes [which] curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees-willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding,” (Steinbeck 1). Steinbeck uses the contrast in the opposite sides of the river to foreshadow the variation in the mental and physical aspects of his two main

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