Does anyone know any examples of foreshadowing in the novel 'Of Mice and Men'?

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My teacher suggested using examples of foreshadowing in my up coming exam, but I don't know any examples, can you help?

Posted Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 11:33 by Megan Williams

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Foreshadowing is used in many ways in Of Mice and Men. The incident in Weed foreshadows what happens when Lennie pets something. The death of Candy's dog foreshadows Lennie's death (even the same gun is used, and it is a act of kindness). Also at the very beginning of the novel there is a heron and a water snake. At the end when Lennie goes to hide in the brush, the heron kills the water snake. This also foreshadows Lennie's death.

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 11:47 by Maddie
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I always thought that Candy and his dogs relationship was extremely similar to George and Lennies, in the way that several times very similar descriptions are given of both. Especially in the metaphor of George being Lennies 'master' etc and this gives another meaning to the shooting of Candys dog.

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 16:54 by Bethany
Edited by Bethany on Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 16:55
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What Maddie has written is right but you need more detail about her first point:

  • The incident in Weed - Lennie killing Curley's wife
  • Lennie killing the pup/mice - Lennie killing Curley's wife
Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 11:59 by Georgia
Edited by Georgia on Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 15:44
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Lennie didn't kill the girl in Weed, he stroked her dress and she screamed, so he held on. George hit Lennie to make him let go, but the girl told people she was ***** (which Lennie didn't do) so George and Lennie had to run away, so Lennie was lynched by the locals.

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 12:02 by Maddie
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Thanks Maddie I corrected my mistake :)

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 15:44 by Georgia
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Thankyou! Very helpful! :) 

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 18:21 by Megan Williams
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To Foreshadow is to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage.

The Foreshadowing in "Of Mice and Men"  Lennie petting the dead mouse, Lennie being run out of Weed for the incident involving the girl in the red dress, and Lennie killing his puppy—all of which anticipate Lennie accidentally killing Curley’s wife; the death of Candy’s dog, which anticipates the death of Lennie; Candy’s regret that he didn't kill his old dog himself, which anticipates George’s decision to shoot Lennie

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 20:52 by Ben Dickson
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When George is playing solitaire and Lennie asks him why 'both ends the same'. This reflects the plot of the novel, no matter how much Lennie and George try to escape, the sad truth is that what they runaway from will always come back, as both ends of their life, like the card is the same.

Answered Fri 25th May, 2012 @ 20:26 by ax5za