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Of Mice and Men. Explain how Steinbeck uses repetition in the novels opening to add tension to the end

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Explain how Steinbeck uses repetition in the novel's opening to add tension to the end As the end of the novel approaches Steinbeck starts to repeat himself. He uses virtually the same natural description and even some similar dialogue to that in the opening. However, the atmosphere is completely different than in the beginning of the book. There are some pieces of evidence, especially in chapter one where many foreshadows are indirectly shown to predict the end. Hence, contrasting irrelevant events like animal deaths with what will really happen later. First of all, Steinbeck uses the repetition of words to compare the situation between the first chapter and the last chapter. In the opening section, Lennie is contrasted an animal by how he drinks, "...drank...like a horse." This may be put side by side with how Lennie drinks in the final chapter, "...drank, barely touching...the water." The author makes this, to perhaps make clear that Lennie is nervous, he has sharper movements and he might even be seen as an animal who is about to be hunted, whereas before in the novel he was not concerned about anything, denoting possibly a free animal. ...read more.


Yet as the snake approaches bad luck as well, like the author pictures it: "...glided smoothly up the pool, twisting...its periscope head." This might be a presage, comparing it with how Eden's story ended and humans died. We already know Curley's wife was killed and now Lennie will be assassinated. This is a symbol of religion; stereotyping a snake as a terrible reptile, linked with death and ?misfortune. However, the snake is taken by the heron; probably this represents Lennie as a snake and George being the heron, the evil and the good one, correspondingly, after all George did kill Lennie at the very end of the novel. ? Furthermore, the heron and snake relationship is compared with George and Lennie's friendship. At first the heron doesn't eat the snake but in the end it "...swallowed the...snake while its tail waved frantically." The same way Curley's wife was killed "...her body flopped like a fish"; then the heron stays " ...motionless and waiting. ...read more.


. .a little house and a couple of acres... a cow and ... pigs..." Lennie becomes crazy with this idea, of having achieved this dream in the future. Therefore, in chapter six George retells the dream, but now with even more chances to succeed because of Candy's money, " . . .We gonna get a little place... a cow... a pig...you...tend the rabbits." Lennie consequently gets very distracted and George takes the opportunity to shoot him, right "where the spine and skull were joined". This was foreshadowed before, by how Carlson killed Candy's dog, on the back of the head and with the same weapon. ? In conclusion, the repetition of the opening lines in the choosing lines makes the character look more nervous, desperate and anxious. The author repeats the natural imagery and conversations from time to time to make the ambience look more dramatic and even more realistic by showing how humans would react too. The author makes the reappearance of phrases, occasionally indirect by comparing the lines in the first chapter with the ultimate section 's phrases, a satisfactory environment and then an unacceptable one, respectively. Rodolfo Martinez. Length: 848 ...read more.

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