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Loneliness
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…

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Friendship
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. George is, of course, the leader, but it
seems he doesn't value…

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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

When Crooks describes playing with the little white children when he was younger, we
realize that prejudice is something that he had to learn…

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Weakness
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…

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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…

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objectified. 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. When she is
accidentally killed by Lennie's violence, no one seems particularly sad that she's gone;
instead, they focus on Lennie

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