OF MICE AND MEN
How does Steinbeck prepare the reader for Chapter 5?
Steinbeck has prepared the audience for what is about to happen in chapter five in many ways such as: How Lennie is always in trouble, the death of the mouse, Candy's dog, the pup etc. The way he has used this makes the readers quite aware of what might happen admirably. Within the first chapter, you are immediately known how Lennie manages to get into some sort of trouble which causes him and George to flea. Like for example, how they had to flee Weed because Lennie want to touch a certain woman's dress because of the dress' texture (Lennie has fixation of touching soft things,) but his touch becomes aggressive and is mistaken for a possible rape attempt. Making them have to abscond and hide in a ditch untill were able to leave: 'She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse. She yells and we got to hide in a irrigation ditch all day with guys lookin' for us, and we got to sneak out in the dark and get outta the country. All the time somethin' like that--all the time.' This shows how Lennie manages to get into some sort of trouble therefore there is a likeliness of him getting in trouble once again as George say how something like that happens all the time. From Lennie's attempt to touch the woman in Weed anticipates his touching of the hair of Curley's wife later, a touch which results in him accidentally breaking her neck and her death. In chapter 1 also, George mentions that if Lennie ever gets into any kind of trouble he should go hide in the brush by the lake: ''
Through out Chapters one and five, there has a some sort of presence of death or injury everywhere - the mouse, Candy's dog, pup, Curley's hand - this shows how with George and especially Lennie around, there is likeliness of someone getting hurt. The mouse and pup show how Lennies strength is unsurpassable making him able to kill anything without realising it. This is also linked at the beginning of Chapter five when...
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