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What evidence is there in the passage to say that Lennie's death is inevitable?

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Introduction

What evidence is there in the passage to say that Lennie's death is inevitable? In the passage there are many reasons and activities/goings on to suggest that Lennie's death is inevitable. Firstly, Lennie is often compared or linked to animals, for example: mice, horses, dogs, and bulls. From the first time when Lennie is compared to an animal right till the end of the book, he is most often linked with dogs. In this book, we only read about two dogs, which are: Lennie's puppy and Candy's own dog. One of these dogs has already met a tragic end (Candy's dog)...... ...read more.

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These two factors foreshadows the death of Lennie. Another reason why the reader may believe that Lennie's death is inevitable is because his animal nature has proved dangerous before. Now, we are stuck with the idea that Lennie cannot fit into human society (he doesn't take part in any activities with the other ranch workers); he is a more primitive form of life due to his tremendous strength. This separates him from the 'group' of ranch hands and therefore will be killed. Lennie's two visions give us an interesting insight into his feelings of guilt and also provide us with another reason why his death will occur. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another factor is that of which Lennie loves to pet soft, smooth things, for example: mice. We all know that when Lennie pets the mice, he underestimates his own strength and crushes the mice and kills them without knowing it himself. Curley's wife learns that Lennie is simple-minded and attempts to take advantage of him. In a flirtatious manner, she asks Lennie to stroke her soft hair. When she feels his powerful hands that do not know how to be gentle, she panics, screams for help, and brings about the climax of the novel. When Lennie covers her mouth and shakes her to be quiet, he breaks her neck. The reader then knows that Lennie's death is inevitable. Alistair Pell ...read more.

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