Of Mice and Men Themes / Characters

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    • Themes
      • Nature
        • Always described at start
          • Started of as a play
        • Innocence of Lennie
          • Never meant to hurt anyone / thing
            • Clumsy
            • Victims got bigger - Mice, Puppy, Person
      • Dreams
        • G+L's Dream
          • Dream tailored to Lennie
            • Slightly different every time
          • Candy
            • Wants to join G+L's dream
              • Offers them his savings
        • Dreams are unachievable
      • Companionship
        • G+L are companions
          • Unusual on ranches
            • Slim notices
          • They rely on each other
            • George to get work
            • Lennie to be looked after
          • George blames Lennie
            • Needs a scapegoat
            • Stick together anyway
            • Genuinely proud of him
              • George to get work
        • Everyone else is lonely
          • C's Wife
            • Hangs around men for company
            • Seems sex-crazed
          • Crooks
            • Won't admit it, but glad when everyone joins him
            • Remembers past when he could have friends
          • No-one has any true friends
    • People
      • Lennie
        • Completely relies on George
          • Would be nothing without him
        • Sense of morality governed by his ability to tend rabbits
          • Only way he knows if he is bad or not
          • Only thing he cares about
        • Not as dumb as he seems?
          • Manipulates George into telling him about the dream
        • Very  clumsy
          • Always killing things accidently
      • Slim
        • Admired by everyone
          • He is That Guy
          • Doesn't have to assert authority
          • No-one dares annoy him
        • Seems to understand
          • Knows everything
          • Sympathiseswith George
          • Realises specialness of relationships
      • George
        • Lennie
          • Completely relies on George
            • Would be nothing without him
          • Sense of morality governed by his ability to tend rabbits
            • Only way he knows if he is bad or not
            • Only thing he cares about
          • Not as dumb as he seems?
            • Manipulates George into telling him about the dream
          • Very  clumsy
            • Always killing things accidently
        • Needs Lennie to get jobs
          • Big and Strong where George isn't
          • Also gets him kicked out (e.g. Weed)
        • Promised Aunt Clara to look after him
        • Betrays Lennie's trust
          • Goes down to Suzie's instead of saving up for dream
            • Going to fail to achieve dream like everyone else
        • Reluctantly kills Lennie
          • Knows he has to, but doesn't want to
          • Almost bullied by others into doing it
      • Curley
        • Always wanting to pick a fight
          • Small but wants to prove himself
          • Constantly sizing people up
        • His wife is his possession
          • She doesnt get a name
          • Paranoid about others
          • A sex-toy - his gloves are filled with Vaseline

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Lucy

Thank you. This has helped me more :)

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