Of Mice and Men

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  • Of Mice and Men
    • Themes
      • Lonliness
      • American Dream
      • Tradgedy
      • Good and Evil
      • Racism
      • Discomfort
      • Judgmental
      • Power
      • Betrayal
      • Forshadowing
    • The mouse had dreamed of a safe, warm winter and is now faced with the harsh reality of cold, loneliness and possible death.
      • There is a parallel here with George and Lennie's joyful fantasy of a farm of their own, and its all-too-predictable destruction at the end of the story.
      • Perhaps it is also meant to suggest to us how unpredictable our lives are, and how vulnerable to tragedy.
    • Lonliness and Dreams
      • They interlock: people who are lonely have most need of dreams to help them through.
      • The two main themes in 'Of Mice and Men'
        • foreshadowed by the reference to Burns' mouse - are loneliness and dreams
    • Characters
      • George
        • George is not lonely during the novel, as he has Lennie. He will be lonely afterwards, without his best friend.
        • George and Lennie share a dream - to own a little patch of land and live on it in freedom. He is so set on the idea that he even knows of some land that he thinks they could buy.
      • Lennie
        • Lennie is the only character who is innocent enough not to fear loneliness, but he is angry when Crooks suggests George won't come back to him.
        • George and Lennie share a dream - to own a little patch of land and live on it in freedom. Lennie's main desire is to tend the soft-haired rabbits they will keep.
      • Curley's Wife
        • She is married to a man she doesn't love and who doesn't love her. There are no other women on the ranch and she has nothing to do. She tries to befriend the men by hanging round the bunkhouse.
        • She dreams of being a movie star. Her hopes were raised by a man who claimed he would take her to Hollywood, but when she didn't receive a letter from him, she married Curley.
      • Candy
        • When Candy's ancient, ill dog was shot, Candy has nothing left. He delayed killing the dog, even though he knew deep down that it was the best thing, as he dreaded losing his long-time companion.
        • Candy joins George and Lennie's plan of owning a piece of land. His savings make the dream actually possible to achieve.
      • Crooks
        • Crooks lives in enforced solitude, away from the other men. He is bitter about being a back-busted nigger. He is thrilled when Lennie and Candy come into his room and are his companions for a night.
        • Crooks dreams of being seen as equal to everyone else. He knows his civil rights. He remembers fondly his childhood, when he played with white children who came to his family's chicken ranch, and longs for a similar relationship with white people again.


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