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John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men is filled with colourful characters and well developed moods beautifully contrasted with each other as the plot progresses An excellent example of this occurs in the opening and closing episodes of the novel The storys introduction is set in the same geographical location as its conclusion Even though both episodes occur at exactly the same location in other aspects of setting the two are very different The mood varies tremendously between the beginning and end of the book Another difference lies in Georges feelings about Lennie His confidence in Lennie changes dramatically from when they had first arrived at the ranch to when Lennie fled to the forest at the end of the novel Steinbeck intentionally uses the same location in his opening and closing episodes to sum up the events of the novel and to show how things have changed for George and Lennie Of Mice and Men starts and ends in exact same place on the bank of a small stream in the woods It is the spot where George in chapter 1 told Lennie to meet him should something go wrong Steinbeck uses the same words to describe the locale in both instances He describes in the same way both times a snake weaving its way through the water In chapter one Steinbeck writes A water snake slipped along on the pool its head held up like a little periscope and in the final chapter he writes A water snake glided smoothly up the pool twisting its periscope head from side to side At first glance the last episode appears to be almost an exact duplicate of the first George even talks to Lennie in the same way he did in the first chapter as if nothing bad has happened Despite their obvious concrete similarities the two episodes had very different moods The mood in the introduction of the story is one of adventure
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