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Why are the opening and closing settings in Of Mice and Men significant?

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    Title says it all really

    It is really up to your own opinion there's no right or wrong answer but how I see it is that the beginning has the concept of nature and natural beauty in the form of landscapes and wildlife and that the idea that the end mirrors the start suggests not only the idea of a cyclic structure but also the concept that however discriminative or judgmental or how fate may treat a person everyone will end up being decomposed into the ground and taken back into nature, no matter who you are.

    But you could look at the idea of the 'snake' towards the beginning the snake is roaming through the clear waters at the top of the food chain (in that context) looking for animals to feed off. However, at the end this snake is seen as vulnerable as it is being destroyed by the bird (you can look at this in many ways).

    Either, you could suggest the predatory nature of human existence and the fact that there is a visible hierarchy in which the white, abled people are at the top and the disabled oppressed people are at the bottom (Lennie, Crooks, Curley's Wife, Candy). These people will always be killed off due to society as seeing them as weak-all the discriminated characters have some sort of issue which means they will die shortly after the novella has actually ended or intact die in the novella. But yeah it's the idea that the weak ones will always die from those higher in the hierarchy.

    Or, you could suggest that Curley's wife is symbolic of the snake and a mixture of eve tempting those (Lennie) to take the fruit in which she pays by getting killed (or shunned from God aka original sin) and the snake within the book is symbolic of her death.

    I really hope this helped you!!! Again any interpretation is a valid one but that's how I see it
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