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How does Steinbeck prepare us for the tragic ending in 'Of Mice and Men'

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How does Steinbeck prepare us for the tragic ending in 'of mice and men' Steinbeck prepares us for the tragic ending in 'of mice and men' right the way through the book. Lenny is the focus of all bad things to come and is a central character in the novel. First up there was the incident in 'Weed' where Lenny 'stroked a woman's red dress' and she accused Lenny of raping her. This shows they make a habit of running away from places and people when Lenny often gets into trouble. 'an you ain't gonna do no bad things like you did in weed neither'. 'they run us outta weed'. Those things show situations for the future and also show the dire situation they are in at the present, they are fugitives with Lenny committing the crimes and George helping him to get away because of their solid companionship in which both are each others only companions. ...read more.


She doesn't show any sign of stopping when she on her role of misery-making and it all leads up to a climax of some sort, and ending maybe to all the pain and suffering each and everybody is going through, putting their minds at rest. Curley's wife flirts as a meaning of talking to normal people, this is because she has not talked to other females and has not obtained any other skill so far in her short life, the men don't like her and thinks shes a tart because of this but still find her attractive and Lenny is no different in this respect, 'she's purty' (pretty) he says with delight while looking at her body up and down, listening to her tender voice and looking at her silky hair, instantly she becomes an obvious unintentional target for Lenny's animals like affections and the antics what go with this along with her 'red dress' and 'red mule feathers' which also attracts Lenny. ...read more.


Steinbeck also uses the scenery to prepare us for the death of Lenny, the surrounding are beautiful, day turns to dusk and everything is moving along swiftly. The wind picks up in the background and a heron takes off this signifies an event is about to take place. The reader always knew that Lenny would die at the brush because that's the place where he would go when he got in trouble and that's how George would find him. George sensed it was going to be needed early on in the novel again preparing us for the ending. In the end the cards mapped out the future in a sad way, while George was playing 'solitaire' which again signifies their loneliness playing a one man game, Lenny picks up a card and asks why the card looks the same both ways up. George replies 'that's jus the way they make em'. He is saying that you can't change what is inevitable just like Lenny's impending doom. It is ironic that Lenny asks this question and George gives the answer because that is exactly what happens in the end. ...read more.

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