- Harsh and violent era.
- Treated poorly
- Survival of the fittest
- The Great Depression
- Had to move around in order to find work
- Simplistic dreams- 'livin' off the fatta the land'
- Sexism, racism and ageism
- Struggle to survive.
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- Comes in contact with various animals
- Death of these reflects their lives
- Unintentional violence
- immense and uncontrollable power
- his action are compared to those of an animal
- Love for mice- first we encounter is a dead one
- Lennie does not care much about death and is more concered with comfort.
- Enhances future events
Destiny does not discriminate in laying out cruel fates.
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- Drowns most of them, showing the survival of the fittest.
- American dream that George and Lennie have is unrealistic in this harsh and violent world.
- Is a fairytale set against the stuggle for survival.
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- The rabbits in the story represent Lennie's dreams
- impossibility of their fulfilment
- Lennie is very simple thinking
- Lennie has an inability to see patterns in his life to recognise that failure is imminent
- The fact that rabbits never actually appear in the novel, highlights the unfortunate reality that Lennie's dream can never materilise.
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