Foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

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Pg 2: “Behind him was his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. Pg 3: “His huge companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse.” This shows that Lennie is more like an animal, innocent, but reckless and big. Pg 4: “"I forgot," Lennie said softly. "I tried not to forget. Honest to God I did, George." ... "Tried and tried," said Lennie, "but it didn't do no good. I remember about the rabbits, George." This shows how forgetful Lennie is and that all he can ever think about is the rabbits. This depicts that Lennie might forget something important, like not talking to Curley’s wife. Pg 9: “George snapped his fingers sharply, and at the sound Lennie laid the mouse in his hand. "I wasn't doin' nothing bad with it, George. Jus' strokin' it."” Pg 9-10: "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.” This shows how much Lennie likes to pet soft things and he kills them by accident because he is so big even though he never means any harm. This could foreshadows Lennie killing the puppy and then killing Curley’s wife. Pg 11: God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I could stay in a cat house all night. I could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. An' I could do all that every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a pool room and play cards or shoot pool." This foreshadows that someday, George will live alone. Pg 13: George said, "I want you to stay with me, Lennie. Jesus Christ, somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself.” This foreshadows the scene where Candy says to George, "We oughta let 'im get away.
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