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Throughout his novel, Of mice and Men John Steinbeck presents many ideas about the bias system that prevents working class people from amounting to anything, and how the fates of ranch hands and particularly the character of Lennie are inev

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Introduction

Reread the begging of section one of the novel. Write about the ways the writer uses details in this passage to make the reader think about the changes, events and ideas in the novel; in the way the writer uses detail in his passage to prepare the reader for the ending. Throughout his novel, 'Of mice and Men' John Steinbeck presents many ideas about the bias system that prevents working class people from amounting to anything, and how the fates of ranch hands and particularly the character of Lennie are inevitable. His use of language and literary techniques in order to develop his character and setting are used to prompt the reader to consider these ideas. ...read more.

Middle

Steinbeck chose to set the ending to 'Of Mice and Men' in the same setting as he chose to set the first to show the monotony and routine of the ranch hands and despite the "dreams" they may have, the reality of the situation makes hopes impossible. We, as the readers are aware from the start that the text is likely to end where it began as Steinbeck has the character, Lennie repeating what George said about the brush "so [he doesn't] forget it", consequently the repetition also had the phrase stick in the minds of the novel's audience. So when Lennie remembers his instructions from George in section Six, so do the audience. ...read more.

Conclusion

The very end of the novel and Lennie's death are foreshadowed by the events in section 3 when Candy's dog is "led away" to be shot. Later on Candy reveals that he feels that he "should have shot him myself", which is what George does in the way Carlson describes in the bunkhouse. These similarities' make Lennie seem like an animal however the metaphor goes further, suggesting that people at the time were all treated badly or like animals as Lennie is in this novel. In conclusion, the details that Steinbeck presents the final section of the novel 'Of Mice and Men' make the reader think about other sections of the novel, particularly the begging as much of the imagery used in the final section is either the same or similar. ...read more.

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