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Foreshadowing In Of Mice And Men

What are some foreshadowing quotes in Of Mice and Men?

Some foreshadowing quotes in Of Mice and Men are "somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself," "Lennie watcher her, fascinated; but Candy and Crooks were scowling down away from her eyes," and "The way I'd shoot him, he wouldn't feel nothing."

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In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck that the one woman in the narrative is going to be trouble is clearly suggested in Chapter 2.  Here are some examples of foreshadowing:

1. One day as the men glance up, they see a girl standing in the doorway.  Her posture indicates that she is flirtatious, and her manner suggests that she is looking for more than Curley when she repeatedly comes around.

She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.  "You're the new fellas that just come, ain't ya?"...

She smiled archly and twitched her body.  "Nobody can't blame a person for lookin'," she said.

2.  In Chapter 2 after Candy has told George and Lennie about the pugnacious Curley, George "pretended a lack of interest.  'Looks like we was gonna have fun.'  Then Lennie mournfully says, "I don't want no trouble...I never done nothing to him."

Of course, the reader senses that there will be a confrontation between Curley and probably Lennie.

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Quote: “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George.” (Steinbeck, 61)

            After Candy’s dog was put down, Candy regretted his decision to put his old dog down. Candy’s dog had to be put down because it was old and in pain. Candy believed that he should have put his dog down himself instead of letting someone else put his dog down.  George listens but their conversation is interrupted by Curley walking in. This quote provides slight foreshadowing that George was going to kill Lennie himself instead of letting the other men get to Lennie. The reader knows that the George thinks about what Candy says before he kills Lennie. George realizes that the he would rather put Lennie down himself rather than let the other men kill Lennie. The logic behind this was that George knew that if he didn’t put down Lennie himself then he would constantly wonder “what if”, like Candy did. George knew that Lennie had to be ended and knew that he had to do it himself. He would live forever with that guilt, but he knew that was better than living with the fact that he had not been with his friend to the bitter end.

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The quotes that relate to lennie catching the girl's dress in the weed, killing a mouse, killing a puppy and then killing a human will help. These will help because these show how Lennie improved in killing. Lennie killing these many will foreshadow killing Curley's wife.

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The novel, Of Mice and Men, contains numerous examples of FORESHADOWING.  John Steinbeck uses FORESHADOWING  to give the reader clues about what may eventually happen in the story. The following is an example of this technique:

("jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress-jus' wanted to pet it like it was a mouse-Well, how the hell did she know you jus' wanted to feel her dress?  She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse.")

Lennie's tendency to "get carried away" with touching soft, silky things will eventually lead to the tragic encounter with Curley's wife.