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    what could you write about destiny and fate in the novel?
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    Steinbeck's use of foreshadowing with the title 'Of Mice and Men' from the poem 'To a mouse.' tells how even the best laid schemes will always go wrong, therefore George and Lennie's 'scheme' (their farm and rabbits) is almost certain to fail from the beginning.
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    Also the progression of the killings in terms of size. So bigger animals are killed each time and so more violence seems to have accidentally asserted by Lennie (Eg. mouse, dog human) and this, throughout the novel gives a sense that the only end point will be a humans death.

    Also there is a sense of 'natural order' conveyed in the book, and when George and Lennie first enter the bush they scare away a 'stilted heron' stopping it capturing the water snake, but in the last chapter “A silent head and beak lanced down and plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed the little snake while its tail waved frantically”- so restoring the natural order. This is similar to the way that Lennie managed to escape Weed after touching the girls dress, but eventually his fate will have to catch up with him.
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    Although each characters had dreams, non of them are recognized, due to the characters begin from minorities. Due to Lennie dying, George's dream can never be realised because Lennie was the only reason he dreamed and now that Lennie is dead, he has lost his purpose. Lennie's death also marks the end of Crooks' and Candy's dreams, as without Lennie, they won't have enough money to but land, and George is to disillusioned anyways. Curley's wife also has no chance to fulfill her potential due to her death.

    It is Steinbeck's damning indictment of American society that no minority character manages to achieve their dream- racism, sexism, ageism and discrimination against disabled people was so restrictive that that achieving the Dream is impossible. In fact, Slim's lack of a dream actually reveals to us the reality of the situation- if a white able-bodied young man does not bother to dream because he knows that circumstance is so against the poor, the reader is forced to realise that the minorities have absolutely no chance. We understand that the American Dream provided the men with hope and aspirations, but ultimately, it was futile- only privileged rich white males had any chance of achieving their dreams.

    The dreams are only achieved in the death- Curley's wife appears to be dreaming when she is dead, and Lennie dies thinking of the dreams. Steinbeck is making the point that only death was the equalizing factor for man, hence why the dream of the minorities can only be "realized" in death. As a result, we fully condemn the situations that has allowed this to happen, and we eschew the actions of men like Curley, who use their power to exploit and control others- so much so that situations like this occur (as it was due to Curley's lack of affection for his wife that lead her to seek companionship elsewhere, and it was his pugilistic behaviour that incited the mob to hunt Lennie
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    also the way 'A rectangle of light... was cut off' when they met CW suggests that fate is against them, and it will be Curleys wife who is the ultimate driving force behind the dissolution of their dreams
 
 
 
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