Adv. English 2
Of Mice and Men Essay "The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories that we tell ourselves as a society. What is normal? That's just a story that we tell ourselves." - Matthew Quick.
In the book Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck uses the literary element of Foreshadow to masterfully illustrate the stigma and misunderstanding of the mentally ill during the 1930's. Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Steinbeck is able to use foreshadowing through the character Lennie by linking everything from the title of the book, to the incident in Weed, and finally to the incident resulting in his death, to show the misunderstandings of Lennie's incinitives.
Foreshadowing is used in the title because it shows the link between Lennie's obsession of touching things he likes and accidently hurting them, and how people misunderstand his intentions. “Dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch ever'thing he likes.” Steinbeck (41). In chapter 1. Lennie is shown picking up stray mice and petting them. Accidentally, he ends up either hurting the mice or killing them. "I wasn't doin' nothing bad with it, George. Jus' strokin' it." (9). George scolds him for his actions, but may be the only one who understands that he has no criminal intent. Although hurting the mice is not good, there aren't any serious consequences as there would be in hurting a person.
These actions can be connected to the incidents in Weed. In Weed, Lennie see's a pretty girl in a red dress. Once again, with his obsession of touching things that interest him, he grabs onto it."Jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress-jus' wanted to pet it like it was a mouse-" (11). This quote explains that despite the fact that he had no malicious intents, the girl is terribly frightened by him. In...
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