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Of Mice and Men

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Beginning and Ending

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0f Mice and Men begins outside on the beautiful Salinas River, then moves to the ranch where George and Lennie work for a time, then ends back in the outdoors, where Lennie is pursued by Curley and the ranch hands and is ultimately shot by George.

What is the purpose for structuring the story this way?

Select ALL that apply.

A

Steinbeck is staying true to the circular style he uses throughout the story.

B

The outside represents the oppression George and Lennie cannot escape.

C

The beginning and ending setting serve to show that George and Lennie are only truly free when they are outside in nature.

D

Nature is a major theme in the story so Steinbeck uses the beginning and ending to develop the theme.

E

The fact that the men end up back outside is not purposeful. It's just where the story happens to end.