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candy

  • 'swamper' - cleans bunkhoues 
  • lost right hand in working accident 
  • too old to find work anywhere else so accepts what goes on (vulnerable)
  • very old dog- companion and only true friend (lonliness)
  • isolated and offers G and L money to by into american dreams (like buying friendship)
  • finds L killed curleys wife - furious as knows there is no american dream 
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candy

  • 'swamper' - cleans bunkhoues 
  • lost right hand in working accident 
  • too old to find work anywhere else so accepts what goes on (vulnerable)
  • very old dog- companion and only true friend (lonliness)
  • isolated and offers G and L money to by into american dreams (like buying friendship)
  • finds L killed curleys wife - furious as knows there is no american dream 
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Curley's Wife

  • curley's property- no individualism (sexism)
  • young, pretty, attractive, flirtatious 
  • Curley not interested (status) and so she isisolated (lonely)
  • naive 
  • only married curley when american dream of hollywood didn'd come true (reality)
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Crooks

  • black and the stable buck 
  • permanent employee as injured his back on ranch 
  • isolatede from bunkhouse due to colour of skin (racism) (lonliness)
  • called '******' by men and they never think to use his name 
  • proud and aloof - unique and not approchable 
  • plays horseshoes and beats everyone
  • possessions- books (intelligence) of california civil code (concerned about his rights)
  • sees men come and go with american dreams but is cynical (knows the reality)
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Slim

  • jerkline skinner (lead mule-team driver)
  • natural leader, gaining respect (hierarchy)
  • quiet dignity- doesnt need to assert himself (showoff)
  • understands G and L relationship 
  • know little else about him, so mysterious figure, too good to be true?
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Curley

  • boss' son so doesnt need to work and has time to kill (hierarchy)
  • small man syndrome 
  • prize-fighter and so looks for fights to assert authority (lonliness)
  • possessive of wife but still visits brothels- is his wife just for authority?
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George

  • small with brains and wit
  • looks after L as promised to aunt clara 
  • needs L as much as L needs him- strength and fight against lonliness
  • american dream to own a piece of land with L 
  • honest with trusted people- tells slim about L 
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Lennie

  • big man in contrast to name 
  • little intelligence and so relies upon G and trusts him (companionship)
  • shares dream with george which keeps him going- tend the rabbits 
  • lilkes to pet soft things 
  • forgetful, gentle and kind 
  • extermely stong and described with animal features 
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G and L american dream

  • one of the most powerful symbols 
  • seducing reader and characters to the life promised 
  • candy wants to join and even cynical characters like curley cant deny the dream
  • all characters are victims of the american dream
  • gives reader light in the book until the end, which connotes the whole meaning 'of mice and men'
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lennie's puppy

  • represents victory 
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