In the novel 'Of Mice and Men', in Chapter 1, why does George ask Lennie to familiarise himself with the location of the clearing?I realsie that it is for Lennie's safety, however is ther any...

In the novel 'Of Mice and Men', in Chapter 1, why does George ask Lennie to familiarise himself with the location of the clearing?

I realsie that it is for Lennie's safety, however is ther any other significance?

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George's instructions for Lennie to come back to this spot and "hide in the brush" if he "gets in trouble like [he] always done before" is not only for his safety but serves the purpose of foreshadowing later events in the novel.

George relates to us in Chapter 1 that Lennie

 "can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time. An' that ain't the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out."

From this we can infer that George and Lennie have been in this situation before and that George expects that Lennie will find trouble in this new job as well. The clearing then serves as a meeting place and a place for Lennie to hide if needed. It is clear that the action of the novella will likely return at some point in the plot to this clearing and that George and Lennie will one again have to find a way out of trouble.

 

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