Of Mice and Men

Why do you think the author has ended the book close to where it began?

Chapter 6

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This is called framing the story. This allows Steinbeck to ultimately emphasize how much has changed since the novel's opening. Where George was once full of life - angry and forgiving - now he is a husk of himself, bereft of emotion as he goes through his monologues. What was once a plausible - if far-fetched - fantasy has disintegrated into delusion.