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Foreshadowing in "Of Mice and Men"
Transcript of Foreshadowing in "Of Mice and Men"
"Of Mice and Men"
By: Gillian Gaines and Maddie Meehan
Chapter 2 Foreshadowing
Chapter three Foreshadowing
Chapter Four Foreshadowing
Chapter One Foreshadowing
Chapter five foreshadowing
Chapter 6 Foreshadowing
"'Lennie ain't handy, but this Curley punk is gonna get hurt if he messes around with Lennie'"(36).
"Uh-uh. Jus' a dead mouse, George. I didn' kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead. Aw, leave me have it, George."
This shows how Lennie likes petting soft things and wants to keep it, even though it is dead.
This shows that Lennie is going to hurt by Curley in the future, It says that if Curley were to mess with Lennie he would hurt him, and that's exactly what happened.
"You gonna have trouble with that Curley guy. I seen that kind before. He was kinda feelin' you out. He figures he's got you scared and he's gonna take a sock at you the first chance he gets" (29).
This is the author's way of saying that Curley will cause trouble with Lennie and he will be trying to hurt him.
"I never meant no harm, George. Honest I never" (32).
It shows how Lennie never means any harm in the things he does, and that he will have trouble in the future that he didn't mean to get in.
"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." (10)
"Course he ain't mean. But he gets in trouble alla time because he's so God damn dumb"(41).
This foreshadows that Lennie will get in trouble again in the future.
"Dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch ever'thing he likes" (41).
This explains how George didn't mean to kill something he was petting, but he ends up harming them anyway.
This shows that in the future he will try to touch something that he likes.
"If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head, right there, why he'd never know what hit him"(45).
This is exactly how Lennie is killed so it foreshadows it will happen again.
"Jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress- jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress- jus' wanted to pet it like it was a mouse-" (11)
This explains how Lennie wants to feel something soft, even on a person, and does not know that it is wrong.
"First chance I get I'll give you a pup. Maybe you wouldn't kill it."
This explains how Lennie normally kills the things he pets.
"You jus' need to let 'em try to get the rabbits. I'll break their god damn necks" (58).
Lennie kills Curley's wife by breaking her neck, so when he threatens to break the neck of a living thing it foreshadows that it'll happen again.
Foreshadowing in "Of Mice and Men"
This foreshadows that he will be treated like a dog and killed like a dog (when he died he was shot in the back of the head).
"Want me to tell ya what'll happen? They'll take ya to the booby hatch. They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog" (72).
"He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself. Why'n't you shoot him,Candy?" (44)
"You gotta husban'. You got no call foolin' aroun' with other guys, causin' trouble."
This shows how Carlson suggested killing something to put it out of it's misery.
This shows that Curley's wife will cause trouble on the ranch with some of the men.
"You let this guy alone. Don't you do no messing aroun' with him. I'm gonna tell George what you says. George won't have you messin' with Lennie" (80).
This foreshadows that if anyone messes with Lennie, George will get mad. It also foreshadows that Curley's wife will mess with Lennie.
"Lennie sat in the hay and looked at a little dead puppy that lay in front of him... Why do you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice. I didn't bounce you hard... Now maybe George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin's out you got killed" (85).
This foreshadows Lennie will kill something else. Lennie killed mice and a dog so he will kill something else. It also foreshadows if he kills something Geroge isn't going to let him tend the rabbits.
"I like to pet nice things... Sometimes I've even pet mice, but not when I could get nothing better" (90).
This foreshadows that if he was offered something better to pet, he would pet it. Also foreshadows that he is going to pet something else (Curley's wife's hair).
"When I'm doin' my hair sometimes I jus' set an' stroke it 'cause it's so soft."
Foreshadows that Lennie will pet her soft hair, because he likes to pet soft things.
"Lennie's big fingers fell to stroking her hair...and he stroked harder...Lennie's fingers closed on her hair and hung on" (90 91).
This foreshadows he will panic and kill her, because he in the past has panicked and killed things he pets
"Lennie was in a panic. His face was contorted. She screamed then, and Lennie's other hand closed over her mouth and nose" (91).
This foreshadows Lennie will kill Curley's wife.
"George'll be mad. An'...he said... an' hid in the brush till he come. He's gonna be mad. In the brush till he come. That's what he said" (92).
This foreshadows that George will be the one to find Lennie and he will go to the bushes.
"Another little water snake swam up the pool, turning its periscope head from side to side." (99-100)
"George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits now." (101)
"He looked at the back of Lennie's head, at the place where the spine and skull were joined." (105)
"He pulled the trigger....Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering." (106)
This shows how the snake did not learn its lesson, much like Lennie.
This shows how Lennie doubted the George would let him tend to the rabbits after what had happened.
This shows how George is planning on shooting Lennie where Carlson shot Candy's dog.
This shows how all the foreshadowing in the book was resolved.
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