Of Mice and MenRough Draft
In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there are many instances of foreshadowing. While they may not be noticed at first, they stick out like a sore thumb in the end.
The main characters in the book are Lennie, a huge man with the mind of a young child, and George, a small man who had landed them a job on a ranch. Lennie is a man who doesn't think for himself, and relies on George for guidance. They travel together, forever chasing the dream of getting a piece of land to call their own. The ranch job would get them closer to buying their own little corner of the world.
One major example was when Lennie got in a fight with Curley. "'Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet.' He slashed at Lennie."(p.62) Candy warned George and Lennie when they first came to the ranch. "Curley is like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy." (p. 26) This foreshadows that Curley will fight Lennie at some point later on. "Curley's gonna wanna shoot 'im. He's still mad about his hand."(p.97) Curley had been waiting for revenge on Lennie since their fight.
Another example of foreshadowing is George confiding in Slim why he and Lennie were forced to leave Weed, a small Californian town. "'He seen this girl in a red dress. Just wants to feel it. So he reaches out to feel...