Of Mice and Men Theme Quotes

A few important quotes from 'Of Mice and Men' with explanations, grouped under various themes.

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Of Mice and Men quotes:
Dreams hopes and plans:
"God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble."
George explodes at Lennie and imagines a carefree life, emphasizing the fact that Lennie is holding
him back. This is prophetic considering what happens at the end. This also illustrates isolation but
George looks at it as freedom.
"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 roof--Nuts!"
This kernel is one of the foundational pieces of the whole play, perhaps its most important. There are
numerous bits to analyze in this passage, ranging from its reflection of the American Dream during
the Depression to the fact that the dream is so repeated among the two men that even dull Lennie
has memorized some of it. For our purposes, it's very important that this talk of the farm oscillates
wildly throughout the play ­ it seems like the farm is a dream to George, a hope for Lennie, and
(eventually) even a plan for Candy. It's especially interesting that sometimes it seems the farm is the
dream that keeps them going, and sometimes it is just a reminder of the futility of dreaming.
"No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house."
The crux of the dream for George is not the absence of work, or the easy living, or even having a lot
of money. It is simply grounded in having some place to belong (and implicitly, people with whom to
belong).
When Candy spoke they both jumped as though they had been caught doing something
reprehensible.
Dreams are delicate things in the real world, and George and Lennie have always carefully kept their
plan a secret. Faced with the gaze of someone from the outside world, the men seem ashamed.
When everyone Candy and Crooks hear about the dream, it seems to become a possibility, however
when George and Lennie look at each other as if they never believed this would happen, the
question arises is the dream better off being a dream, rather than becoming a reality and possibly a
disappointment, and keep it as an eternal hope.
"I done another bad thing."
"It don't make no difference," George said, and he fell silent again.
It seems now that George has given up on the dream, nothing much matters. Lennie's "bad thing"
obviously makes a huge difference, but within the parameters of George's concerns (making their
dream a reality), what Lennie did or didn't do doesn't matter. The dream is over.

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Friendship
They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the
other. Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore
black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders.
From the first sight of Lennie and George, a dynamic in their relationship is established. Though the
men are outwardly of the same class (wearing identical clothes and carrying identical gear), one still
walks behind the other.…read more

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The old man [Candy] squirmed uncomfortably. "Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since
he was a pup. I herded sheep with him." He said proudly, "You wouldn't think it to look at him
now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen."
This entire passage with Candy and his relationship to his dog is incredibly important. Candy has the
same feelings toward his dog that George has toward Lennie.…read more

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Shows Lennie's innocence when drinking from the river, and the childish thinking of keeping a mouse
in his pocket without George noticing. George shows Lennies innoncence when he says he doesn't
mean to hurt anyone, but can't help his actions. He throws the dog away and doesn't know morally
what is right and wrong, and bases his ethics on what George thinks. "Poor bastard" is repeated a
lot, and shows compassion in a cruel and unforgiving place.…read more

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Avani

Typically, i find this a couple of days before the exam *facepalm*
THANKYOUU, this is absolutely great! 

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