Foreshadowing is the essential part of Steinbecks style in Of Mice and Men

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“Foreshadowing is the essential part of Steinbeck’s style in ‘Of Mice and Men’ ”

Steinbeck, in my opinion, has one of the most unique styles of writing which is not only effective but also inspirational. The fact that he puts the whole plot and the ending right in front of us (at the beginning, in every section and even in the name) and we don’t recognise it easily is truly fascinating. Hints of the ‘grand finale’ could be found nearly everywhere in the novella.

In the beginning of the play we learn that Lennie likes to pet soft things. He starts off by petting a mouse and then petting a puppy, of which he kills both as a result of his unrecognised brutal strength. The puppy was all innocent and fragile and Curley’s wife was seen in the same way which foreshadows the killing of Curley’s wife. The idea of Curley’s wife knowing the history of Lennie with pets and his blindness about the strength he possesses and still allowing him to stroke her hair was particularly considered peculiar by me. The only way I managed to justify this was that perhaps she was unaware of the dangers at that particular time as she was too caught up in the moment of perhaps she wanted to be rid of her depressive and oppressive life. Perhaps she was just fed up of her failure of her dreams and living a life of such misery that she thought of death to be the only way out and maybe death by the hands of Lennie seemed like a good idea because he was still considered to be childish meaning the element of innocence could be attached to him.

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Foreshadowing plays a huge role in indicating towards the fact that Lennie won’t make it alive to the end of the novella. The opening sets a pleasant mood to the story, it makes the world seem peaceful and lively then these feelings transforms into a darker and a much more sorrowful aura. The extract "I'll put the old devil out of his misery right now" was said by Carlson to Candy. This action foreshadows the death of Lennie; He can be personified as Candy’s dog as his main purpose is also to accompany George hence when Lennie/ the dog ...

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The Quality of Written Communication (QWC) is average. There is evidence of colloquial language such as "pretty identical" and this, for the reasons of adhering to the proper English standards, is not allowed an will lose marks. Candidates must proof-read their answers before closing their exam paper/handing in their coursework to ensure that their QWC is of an acceptable standard.

The Level of Analysis is very debatable. On one hand there is evidence that the candidate can correctly identify moments that are appropriate for analysis with regard to the question proposed, but there is a clear lack of comprehension about the writer's intentions, the novella's plot (the candidate seems to think that Curly's wife was aware of "what happened in Weed" and the events prior to her death with regard to Lennie smothering animals, but this is not the case; she does not know of these incidents) and how to successfully comment on the effect on the reader. It would be advisable to follow the PEE (Point, Evidence & Explanation) structure if essay writing under the pressure of exam time causes you to lose track of your thoughts. Make a point; an observation with regard to the proposed question, then prove it's not just personal opinion by providing a quote from the source text, and then explain it further - what is the author telling us is about to happen? How does it relate to the finale?, etc. Candidates are reminded that personal opinions and rhetorical questions towards the examiner are not required for analytical question and will lose marks if their answer is based on a subjective response. The candidate answers the questions - not the examiner. Analysis MUST be objective - candidates are trying to understand, with insight and evidence, how/what/why/to what effect the author is achieving their particular aim. Explanations hung off the back of phrases like "In my judgement" harbour no marks.

This is a response to a question discussing the device of foreshadowing in John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'. In their answers, candidates must refers to Steinbeck's method of foreshadowing and, where applicable, the recurrent theme of it. They must also comment on the effect on the reader. Whilst the candidate can be said to have done that, it is of a very poor standard. The analysis is brief and far too often the candidate instead proposes a question to us (without a question mark) - "who gave George the right to take someones life". This shows that the candidate does not understand the novel. All candidates must appreciate the gravity of George and Lennie's predicament at the end of the novel and cannot make such sweeping remarks as this.