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In what ways does Steinbeck make you feel that Lennie’s death is inevitable?

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In what ways does Steinbeck make you feel that Lennie's death is inevitable? There are many things that happen to make Lennie's death seem inevitable. You sense there will be trouble from the beginning of the book, when you learn about Lennie's disability. He has massive strength, but low intelligence - the intelligence you would find in a child. Lennie's intelligence seems to play a big part in showing that something bad will happen. He has the mental capability of a child, which will obviously cause problems. When making splashes in the water at a pool Lennie shows his childishness. "Look. George. Look what I done!" Also, Lennie's memory is lacking and looks like it could cause trouble easily. "'So you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I? Jesus Christ, you're a crazy bastard!' 'I tried not to forget,' Lennie said softly." Steinbeck makes Lennie's forgetfulness quite prominent in the book, to show that something must happen to do with it. Lennie seems to have had many incidents before that have caused danger and trouble, and they all come to life during the story. ...read more.


George shows the idea that some danger will happen no matter what, and this is shown by the fact that he tells Lennie to remember where they are hiding, so that if he does get in trouble he should go there. "'Lennie - if you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush.'" This shows that he has obviously had trouble before. The incident that happened in Weed is then told to Slim, so it shows that trouble is not something that Lennie has just started to do. Lennie has the problem of not being able to remember things easily, or cope on his own, so there is always a sense of inevitability that something will happen to him due to these problems. After the problems with the mice, and Lennie is given a puppy which has been promised to him, he doesn't seem to understand the need to keep the puppy with it's mother. He seems to have the common sense of a small child; unable to get his head round natural things. ...read more.


She offers him the stupid thing of letting him touch her hair, and it is obvious that it will go down hill from there. "'Look out now, you'll muss it.' And then she cried angrily: 'You stop it now, you'll mess it all up.'" He doesn't understand things, and when frightened, he cannot stop himself. It is a very child like response, and it is obvious that something will happen to him after that. After he has killed her he realises how stupid he was. "'I done a real bad thing,' he said. 'I shouldn't of did that. George'll be mad. An' ... he said ... an' hide in the brush till he come.'" From then on, it seems that only bad things can happen from then on to Lennie. He manages to get to the brush, but it seems very likely that he will even survive - either he will be lynched by Curley or something else fatal. His death ends the inevitability, though as he is killed by George seems less worse than being lynched. His death settles him down and finishes the book, with Steinbeck's writing making Lennie find peace at the end. "Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering." ...read more.

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