Use of Symbols and Foreshadowing in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck chooses to use many different and unique symbols in order to help develop characters and to foreshadow upcoming events. The symbols used in this story give it a more effective message and provide a better understanding to what Steinbeck has intended to convey. He uses many different forms of symbolism, some which are objects while some are actual human relationships, in order to make the story more realistic and to give it a more insightful approach. Steinbeck uses both big and small symbols in order to help illustrate objects or people in the book. The first major use of symbolism that Steinbeck chooses to use is linked with the setting of the first scene. The book starts out with the characters, George and Lennie, resting by the Salinas riverbank. The imagery Steinbeck uses in this scene is used to give the riverbank a very peaceful and calm feel to it. The calmness of the flowing river symbolizes the movement and changes that will occur in the lives of George and Lennie. Steinbeck portrays this riverbank as a safe sanctuary ...
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