John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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In the book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck drops many clues that foreshadow all the deaths throughout the story. Foreshadowing is a literary device where the writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. There are many examples in this story that all indicate that Lennie isn 't going to last long in this world. Foreshadowing is important to this story because it acts as hints that makes Lennie’s death not such a shocker or plot twist. In conclusion, John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice And Men, would not have made sense without his examples of foreshadowing throughout the story. There are many signs of foreshadowing right from the beginning of the book as George and Lennie are walking to the new ranch where they will be working. At first George and Lennie got kicked off the bus because the bus driver did not want to drive another ten miles down the road so they decided to walk the rest of the way. The first many incidents of foreshadowing happen on this walk. The first example is when, “A water snake slipped along on the pool, its head held up like a little periscope. The reeds jerked slightly in the current. Far off toward the highway a man shouted something, and another man shouted back. The sycamore limbs rustled under a little wind that died immediately” (Steinbeck 5), and that compares Lennie to the water snake which is filled with unpredictable dangers and is unaware. The jerking reeds represent one of the sparks that make the other men want to kill

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