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Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck used the theme of loneliness to show that loneliness is unhealthy, and dangerous to a persons well being. He used the death Candy's Dog to symbolize the fate waiting for anyone who has outlived their purpose. Animal Imagery is used when Lennie drank like a horse from the stream. This caused the reader to imagine a huge man with the mind of a child. Foreshadowing occurred when Lennie and George had to hide in the irrigation ditch, because he wouldn't let go of the girl's red dress.Imagery is the use of descriptive words to show the reader in detail what they are reading. In the Beginning of Of Mice and Men Animal imagery occurred immediately. The author wrote, " His huge companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse." As the reader reads this one imagines a monstrous man uncontrollably gulping up the gross stagnant water. The reader also must be thinking that Lennie must have the brain the size of a horse to drink water without purifying it beforehand. Animal imagery was not only used to describe the characters in this book, but also their movements, which gave an idea of the overall atmosphere. The author wrote, "Curly's fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. The next minute Curly was flopping like a fish on a line." As the reader reads this, one gets a vivid picture of a small little man grabbing his bloody hand on the floor while a large beast hovers over him in fear. When Curly first entered the bunk before the fight began he started to have the actions of a dog. Steinbeck wrote, " Curly stepped over Lennie like a terrier." Then Curly's rage exploded. Come on, ya big bastard. Get to your feet."(p62). In this quote Curly actions and movements make him seem just like a terrier.One could just imagine him taking small steps over Lennie just like a dog. His explosive anger is just like a terrier also. He didn't care how big Lennie was he was still going to fight him despite his size. This is the same with dogs. They will try to fight a bigger animal just because they think they can.Foreshadowing is a kind of premonition of things to come later in the book from clues in the beginning. When Steinbeck used foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men it was very direct. The situation in Weed that involved a girl, and Curley's wife just happened to be the only girl on the ranch. The author wrote, " Lennie watched her, fascinated; but Candy and Crooks were scowling down away from her eyes."(p76). From then on there is a sense of insecurity between the two. Later on, there was an indication that she was going to be killed by Lennie, because he started by killing the mouse and the puppy, which lead to bigger deaths such as Curley's wife. When Curly's dog was shot it was foreshadowing for Lennie's future. The fact that the death of Candy's dog and the death of Lennie are identical reflects on the way his murder was carried out. He was shot in the back of...

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