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Patriece Mckinley 07/07/14Draft.Task: Explore some of the ways in which Steinbeck makes violence so important in the novel.introIn the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, foreshadowing violence is used a great deal throughout the whole story. From the beginning to the end, it appears everywhere hinting on what will happen in order to make the book more engaging. It was used to show that Lennie will be getting into trouble with Curley's wife, the death of Lennie, and exactly how he dies which all relate to the importance of the theme 'violence' in the novel.paragraph 1Steinbeck uses Candy's dog to mirror the image of Lennie within this foreshadowing violence. Lennie, was terrified, Steinbeck highlighted the difference between size and temperament. Although big in stature he was as helpless as Candy's dog. Carlson took it upon himself to shoot Candy's dog because he hated the smell of the dog, "Well, I can't stand him in here", said Carlson. "That stink hangs around even after he's gone", so he made it seem as though he was only wanting to put the dog out of its misery, "Look, this ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time". Steinbeck introduces this classic 'Cruel to be kind' violent scenario, inciting sympathetic responses from the reader. Both victims were helpless and attacked by emotional culprits; Steinbeck used violence in these instances in quick successions as an important tool to move the story on as we see the decisions made by Candy after losing his dog and also to foreshadow the end of the story. which allows the readers to understand the refelection between lennie and the dog.paragraph 2Steinbeck uses a range of language techniques in order to proceed the violence in the novel 'Of Mice and Men' such as Juxta position. As Lennie and Curley are the complete opposite of eachother mainly by their size and personality, near the end of chapter four they both have a tragic clash. When it says " Lennie looked helplessly at George" It immediatly allows the readers to justify the innocence and fear in Lennie's character and reminds us that he has the mind of a 5 year old child, still dependent on George. However "Curley was balanced and poised" suggests that Curley is a more bold and fearless Character compared to Lennie which enables the readers to suspect aggressive action between the two. 'Balanced and Poised' describes...

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