In his novella Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck foreshadows the key events which dominate the end of the novel. Foreshadowing is the use of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur. There are three distinct episodes of foreshadowing in the book.
First, the reader learns in chapter one that Lennie is often deadly to small animals. He is obsessed with soft things that he can pet, but he doesn't realize his own strength. We learn that his Aunt Clara would give Lennie mice but they always ended up dead. Lennie explains,
“They was so little,” he said, apologetically. “I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead—because they was so little."
His handling of mice foreshadows the death of the puppy in chapter five. Lennie is in the barn mourning his puppy when Curley's wife comes in.
The episode with Curley's wife in chapter five is foreshadowed in chapter one and again in chapter three. While the two men were working in...
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