Of Mice and Men quotes for different themes

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Slim looked through George and beyond him. "Ain't many guys travel around together," he
mused. "I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each
other." (2.179)
Isolation Quotes
It's really interesting that this comment comes from Slim. Of course, it characterizes how all
those people drifting in poverty across the country and looking for work are feeling, but
Slim's the ranch's own local megastar. He, who can do no wrong, intimidate any man, and
kill a fly with a bull whip, seems to have the same feelings as everybody else about the whole
world. It's a lonely and scary place.
GEORGE "I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They
don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time."
(3.17)
Isolation seems to make men return to their basest instincts ­ fighting to survive. It seems
companionship is the only thing that can keep men civilized, and ranches full of lonely guys
tend not to be that civilized.
Lennie smiled helplessly in an attempt to make friends.
Crooks said sharply, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody
got any right in here but me." (4.78)
Crooks is so accustomed to his isolation that any attempt to break it is a threat. Interestingly,
Crooks is described as "proud and aloof." Thinking about Crooks's isolation then, we might
wonder whether it's a selfimposed state rather than being kept away from the white folks,
he chooses not to be near them. This is a crosssection between isolation and prejudice, and
there comes a point where we aren't sure whether barriers are there to keep some people
out, or to hold some people in.
Innocence Quotes
LENNIE "Tha's good," he said. "You drink some, George. You take a good big drink."
He smiled happily. (1.7)
These are Lennie's first words in the play. He's just submerged his whole head, hat and all,
in a pool for a drink. He takes pure pleasure in the drink, and wants to share that pleasure
with his friend George. There's something simple and sweet about the episode. Lennie
couldn't care less about hygiene or etiquette. Like an innocent child unschooled in the
manners of civilization, he's just had a delight, and his first, simple thought, is to share it with
his friend. This innocence will not only characterize Lennie's actions, but it's also an insight
into the way Lennie thinks of his friendship with George ­ simple and pure.
George looked sharply at him. "What'd you take outa that pocket?"
"Ain't a thing in my pocket," Lennie said cleverly.

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I know there ain't. You got it in your hand..." (1.2527)
Lennie is like a child in his thinking. The game he plays here with George is the classic "If I
have my hand over my eyes, no one can see me," thing. This kind of sleight of hand is the
unique stuff of childish thinking.
The stable buck went on dreamily, "I remember when I was little kid on my old man's
chicken ranch. Had two brothers. They was always near me, always there.…read more

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Friendship shouldn't be a kind of prison, but
rather a voluntary bond. George knows the difference.
Lennie said, "I thought you was mad at me, George."
"No," said George. "No, Lennie, I ain't mad. I never been mad, and I ain' now. That's a
thing I want ya to know." (6.8788)
George doesn't kill Lennie out of anger, but he doesn't seem to do it out of justice, either. It
seems that George has no choice but to kill Lennie.…read more

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Curley, or the looseness of his woman, Curley knows he's in no position to argue. Justice
has been served, but it seems no lesson has been learned.
Weakness
[Lennie] said gently, "George... I ain't got mine. I musta lost it." He looked down at the
ground in despair.
"You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of `em here. Think I'd let you carry
your own work card?"
Lennie grinned with relief. (1.…read more

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Candy's power comes in the form of the $300 he received as compensation for the accident
he suffered on the ranch. His weakness is that, regardless of the money, he is now missing a
hand, which keeps him from being able to work well. Candy understands that he'll soon be
useless to himself and others.
She stood in front of Lennie and put her hands on her hips, and she frowned disapprovingly
at him.
And when she spoke, it was in Lennie's voice.…read more

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