themes and ideas in of mice and men

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George reminds Lennie frequently that he could do so much better without him "Well,
we ain't got any," George exploded. " God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go
get a job an' work, an' no trouble. 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 envisions a carefree life and is careful to emphasize that Lennie is the
roadblock. What George outlines for himself here is strangely prophetic, given what will
come to him later in the story, and how only the loss of Lennie can make him realise that
their friendship was far better than any life he could, or can now, have without him
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.
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).
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- the real world they live in would never allow or look kindly upon such a
trifle as their dream, precious as it is to them. "When Candy spoke they both jumped as though
they had been caught doing something reprehensible"
Dreams are almost infectious. Even Crooks, whom we've only come to know for his
nay-saying up to now, seems ready to believe. It's at this point we feel like this thing is
really going to happen ­ or that it might just be too good to be true. Crooks's hope is
broken. He can continue to live on the ranch, seemingly happy to be aloof, but we know
from this episode that he stays on the farm because he has no dreams of anything better
anymore. He had that dream for a moment again with the other guys, and was quickly
pulled back into the vicious world of those with no hope. When you can't even dream, you
really don't have anything, and it seems Crooks's lot in life is to be resigned to some pitiful
George said softly, "--I think I knowed from the very ... so much I got to thinking maybe we
would." Ironically, in the case of the dream farm, it is Lennie who is the main threat to the
dream's success, and it is also Lennie who makes the whole idea worthwhile
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
Ironically, in the case of the dream farm, it is Lennie who is the main threat to the dream's
success, and it is also Lennie who makes the whole idea worthwhile

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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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When Crooks describes playing with the little white children when he was younger, we
realize that prejudice is something that he had to learn about (as did the other children).
The isolation of his father and Crooks's own self-imposed isolation come from that notion
that you're all alone when there's nobody around that looks like you.…read more

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This scene is an interesting example of where Lennie's strength doesn't shine, but actually
only emphasizes his weakness. The boss is interested in hearing what Lennie can do,
because he looks so big, but Lennie is afraid to communicate it, especially because George
has forbidden him to speak. This episode also highlights how Lennie is weaker than George.…read more

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Lennie is once again compared to an animal, but this time a curious one. He has huge paws,
but he's like a baby bear outside of its mother's protection. The word "bleat" here is
poignant and powerful, as we imagine Lennie as a little lost lamb, stunned and battered by
something mean.…read more

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The way she talks about the pup ­ violence against it is unimportant because
the pup is considered unimportant ­ seems to be a bit of foreshadowing.…read more


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