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John Steinbeck uses foreshadowing through out the story of Of Mice and Men to prepare the reader for the final scene Foreshadowing is the composition of layered hints or clues about what may happen in the future of the story Early in the story these lines or events suggest a wide range of possibilities to the audience But as the story progresses the range narrows In order for the impact of foreshadowing to be effective the audience has to be both surprised by the climax of the story and find it logical The logic comes from foreshadowing Steinbeck uses foreshadowing in the course of Of Mice and Men by pulling together past events in the story to build to the ending impact and overall importance and effect of the final scene In the first chapters it is apparent that Lennie is a simple minded man who likes to pet things that are soft and delicate George and Lennie are traveling through to the farm for work They had to escape from the town they were previously at because Lennie had an incident with one of the women in the town He was a rather large frightening fellow He went up to a young women because the beauty of her dressed marveled him Just as he did with mice he insisted on touching it That is all Because of her frightened screams he grabbed onto the dress and did not let go out of fear and panic This led him into much trouble and the townspeople to go after him George took Lennie and they escaped the town This is foreshadowing to the ending scene because once again Lennie just had to have a touch and once again led him to trouble that even George could not fix When Carlson insisted on killing Candys old worn dog friend it was foreshadowing to the final scene in which all of the men insisted on searching and killing
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