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Of Mice and Men Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
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"I remember about the rabbits, George." This is the first mention we have of the dream. Even
from the introduction, it seems Lennie is more
"The hell with the rabbits. That's all you can ever excited than George about the prospect. George's
remember is them rabbits." easy dismissal of "them rabbits" makes it seem as
though he thinks the whole thing is silly. This will get
more complex as we realize that George might be
as excited about the dream as Lennie it seems he is
just more cautious about that excitement, given that
he's more worldweary than his companion.
"Well, we ain't got any," George exploded. "Whatever George explodes at Lennie and rattles off what he
we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I imagines to be the dreamlife of a traveling worker
was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job without any burdens (like Lennie). George envisions
an' work, an' no trouble. No mess at all, and when a carefree life and is careful to emphasize that
the end of the month come I could take my fifty Lennie is the roadblock. What George outlines for
bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. himself here is strangely prophetic, given what will
Why, I could stay in a cathouse all night. I could eat come to him later in the story.
any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any
damn thing I could think of. An' I could do all that
every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a
pool room and play cards or shoot pool." Lennie knelt
and looked over the fire at the angry George. And
Lennie's face was drawn in with terror. "An' whatta I
got," George went on furiously. "I got you! You can't
keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus'
keep me shovin' all over the country all the time."
GEORGE "O.K. Someday--we're gonna get the jack This kernel is one of the foundational pieces of the
together and we're gonna have a little house and a whole play, perhaps its most important. There are
couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and--" numerous bits to analyze in this passage, ranging
from its reflection of the American Dream during
"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' the Depression to the fact that the dream is so
have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're repeated among the two men that even dull Lennie
gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the has memorized some of it. For our purposes, it's
cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, very important that this talk of the farm oscillates
and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can wildly throughout the play ­ it seems like the farm is
hardly cut it. Tell about that George." a dream to George, a hope for Lennie, and
(eventually) even a plan for Candy. It's especially
"Why'n't you do it yourself? You know all of it." interesting that sometimes it seems the farm is the
dream that keeps them going, and sometimes it is
"No...you tell it. It ain't the same if I tell it. Go just a reminder of the futility of dreaming.
on...George. How I get to tend the rabbits."
"Well," said George, "we'll have a big vegetable
patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it
rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to
work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set
around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the

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Lennie watched him with wide eyes, and old Candy The crux of the dream for George is not the absence
watched him too. Lennie said softly, "We could live of work, or the easy living, or even having a lot of
offa the fatta the lan'." money. It is simply grounded in having some place to
belong (and implicitly, people with whom to belong).
"Sure," said George.…read more

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George's concerns (making their
"I done another bad thing." dream a reality), what Lennie did or didn't do doesn't
matter. The dream is over.
"It ... no difference," George said, and he fell silent
Of Mice and Men Friendship Quotes
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They had walked in single file down the path, Thought: From the first sight of Lennie and George, a
and even in the open one stayed behind the other. dynamic in their relationship is established.…read more

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Lennie broke in. "But not us! An' why? Because...
because I got you to look after me, and you got me to
look after you, and that's why." He laughed
delightedly. "Go on now, George!" (1.113116)
"We travel together," said George coldly. Thought: Curley, using scorn, makes the suggestion
that George and Lennie are gay. George, fully
[CURLEY] "Oh, so it's that way." understanding this innuendo, stands firm in his
description of his close friendship and bond to
George was tense and motionless.…read more

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Of Mice and Men Isolation Quotes
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"Well, we ain't got any," George exploded. "Whatever Thought: What George envisions as freedom (freedom from
Lennie, to do whatever he wants, to hang out in whorehouses
we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I and pool halls) is exactly what some people might describe as
was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job utter isolation. It's interesting that even as George is outlining
an' work, an' no trouble.…read more

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OLD MAN [CANDY] "A guy on a ranch don't never listen Thought: It's interesting to wonder whether this kind of
nor he don't ast no questions." (2.67) loneliness serves the greater good. Each guy keeps his nose
clean, everybody stays out of trouble with each other, and all
involved then lead a lonely, miserable life into a lonely, isolated
death.…read more


Nina Opoku

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Nina Opoku

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