GCSE English Text Guide - Of Mice and Men
The structure of Of Mice and Men is cyclical — there is a sense of things happening in a certain order and being repeated. This is reflected in the way that the book starts and ends in the same place - the brush by the Salinas River. This gives the reader the impression that the ending is inevitable and nothing can be done to stop it. The sense of repetition created through this element of the structure also creates a sense of hopelessness for the reader, reflecting the lack of choices that itinerant workers like George would have had at the time. The increasing violence in Of Mice and Men foreshadows the tragic events at the end.
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