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What clues are there as you read Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" that the ending will be tragic.

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What clues are there as you read Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" that the ending will be tragic. The first opening chapters of John Steinbeck's is essential to the reader as it will make them feel as if something tragic will be happening towards the end of the novel. Within this passage, there are powerful indications of the characters, mood and setting to help the reader feel that something inevitable will occur. In this essay, I will be examining the techniques Steinbeck uses to create a sense of tension and the clues that the ending will be a shock to the readers. Straight at the beginning of the novel, the scenery is described as, "fresh and green wit every spring," but will not stay this was for long. "The rabbits hurried noiselessly for cover." This is where George and Lennie appears and disturbs the tranquillity. The idea of the scenery being disrupted implies that this will occur constantly throughout the novel In the middle of the first chapter, George and Lennie look back at the dreadful events that have happened to them. ...read more.


Lennie does this without meaning to and it happens often in the novel reinforcing the fact that he could do it again. The way Lennie crushes Curley's hand is a further indication of approaching tragedy. Near the beginning of chapter two, Lennie begins to get on George's nerves. Lennie said, "You said I was your cousin, George," and George replied, "Well that was a lie. An' I'm damn glad it was. If I was a relative of yours I'd shoot myself," implying that it might actually happen. George might kill Lennie even though George and Lennie have been together for a long time. The tension between them both is very strong as Lennie always annoys George no matter how long they have been together. "Maybe ever'body, in the whole damn world is scared of each other," suggesting that that's the reason why their friendship isn't strong. Catastrophe is placed into the reader's mind. Curley's first impressions of George and Lennie are not positive, informing us that they might get into a fight. ...read more.


"The way I'd shoot him, he wouldn't feel nothing. Right back of the head. He wouldn't even quiver," suggesting that this is the way one of the men (George or Lennie), will get killed. Also, later on in the chapter, Candy begins to feel guilty, "I ought to have shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't have ought to let no stranger shoot my dog," signifying that George will be the one who kills Lennie. In this situation George would be Candy and Lennie would be the dog who gets killed. It is not apparent in the beginning and middle of the novel but gets understandable towards the end. Lennie is unable to read the unknown situations let alone the obvious ones. An example of this is when Lennie unintentionally walks into Crooks' room. Lennie is unaware of the public matters at that time which presents a clue for the readers. George is aware that Lennie needs to be watched all the time, but does not look after him this time because he joined the other men for a night out in the town, leaving Lennie unattended putting other people on the ranch in peril. ...read more.

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