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Foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men
Transcript of Foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men
By Alyssa Farnham and Hannah Perron
"'An' you ain't gonna do no bad things like you done in weed'" (7). This statement could be seen as ironic
because Lennie does do something bad, ultimately leading to his death at the end of the novel.
"'I wasn't doin' nothing bad with it, George. Jus' strokin' it'" (9). Lennie killed Curley's wife by "just stroking" her hair.
"'Sure I can, George. Hide in the brush till you come'" (16). George was thinking ahead and planning because he seemed like he just knew something would go wrong.
"'Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy'" (22). Later in the book, George ends up going through a ton of trouble for Lennie's safety.
"'He's alla time picking scraps with big guys'" (26). Later in the book, Curley starts multiple fights with Lennie.
"...a drag footed sheep dog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes" (24). This dog's condition isn't good, and later it ends up dying, becoming a symbol of Lennie's death.
"''Course he ain't mean. But he gets in trouble alla time because he's so God damn dumb" (41). Lennie will end up getting in a lot of trouble later, but he doesn't mean to.
"'He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself. Why'n't you shoot him, Candy?'" (44). Candy's dog was like Lennie, it just was for the best that he died.
"'Seems like she can't keep away from guys'" (51). Later in the book, Curley's wife dies because she talks to Lennie since she "can't keep away from guys".
"'George wouldn't do nothing like that. I been with George a long time'" (71). Lennie trusts George, so he wouldn't expect to be killed by George.
"'An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it'" (74). Lennie ends up not living his fantasy of living on the farm with George.
"'Well, I ain't giving you no trouble. Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while?'" (77). Curley's wife ends up needing to talk to someone desperately, so she talks to Lennie and dies.
"'They tol' me and tol' me you wasn't. I di'n't know you'd get killed so easy'" (86). Lennie didn't mean to kill the puppy, like he didn't mean to kill Curley's wife.
"'...an' I made like I was gonna smack him...an'...an' I done it. An' then he was dead'" (87). Again, Lennie didn't know that we would kill the puppy or Curley's wife.
"Lennie's big fingers fell to stroking her hair" (90). Lennie has killed multiple animals by petting them, and he also got in trouble by touching a girl's dress.
Since this is the last chapter, there's no foreshadowing. But every example from previous chapters leads up to Lennie's death in the end.