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The novel `Of Mice and Men' can be argued to be an allegory, with the final message conveying that
friendship triumphs everything, no matter what conditions they must go through, also that the best
decisions may be the hardest. The title "Of Mice and Men" was taken from…

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represents that the boss's authority is based on exploitation. Some characters, (Curley) use violence as
financial power over someone, other characters gain authority as they avoid exploitation


There is hope and ambition integrated into every character, they are often kept as secret to begin with
as they find it…

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George confides in Slim, Lennie is delighted to be given a pup. Carlson then persuades Candy to shoot his
dog, George Lennie and Candy discuss their American Dream. Curley picks up a fight with Lennie and
ends up getting his hand crushed.

Crooks is properly introduced, with his bunk being…

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George was father like to Lennie. "Lennie didn't do nothing." Indicating that George is protective of
Lennie, he has authority over Lennie. George was aggressive "Say what the hell is this?" He is observant
as he asked "say what the hell he got on his shoulder" in…

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deliberate solitaire hand" on several occasion, which suggested his loneliness. George was not lonely
during the novel as he has Lennie, however he will be lonely afterwards without his best friend.

American Dream:-

George and Lennie shared the shame dream of owning their ranch. However, he abandoned his hope of…

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Lennis 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.

American Dream:-

The rabbits in the story which Lennie constantly babbles about represent his dreams despite the
impossibility of their fulfilment. Lennie…

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childlike manner. Lennie also doesn't understand the seriousness of the scenario. "Blubberin' like a
baby!" This shows that George is frustrated at Lennie with his childlike manners and tries to make Lennie
more mature by dishonouring his childlike habits. Lennie thinks in a naive, child-like way, he is fixed on…

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greatest vulnerability, Curley's wife seeks out even greater weaknesses in others, preying upon
Lennie's mental handicap, Candy's debilitating age, and the colour of Crook's skin in order to steel
herself against harm. Sympathetic treatment of Curley's wife prior to her death ­ once she lies lifeless on
the hay, Steinbeck…

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married Curley (a man she didn't love) in order to escape her mother's grasp. She wanted to exotic and
sexual, but also realised the reality.

Key Quotes:- "I get lonely... How'd you like not to talk to anybody?" "red rouged lips... Her fingernails
were red... red mules... red ostrich feathers"…

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bottles, harnesses, leather tools and other accoutrements of his job. It is a room for one man alone. But
scattered about on the floor are his personal possessions, accumulated because, unlike the other
workers, he stays in this job. He has gold-rimmed spectacles to read (reading, after all, is a…


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