Everyone on the ranch is lonely.
Geoge says ranch guys 'are the loneliest in the world'.
Curley - he is still lonely even though he is married and his marrige has failed miserably.
Curley's Wife - she feels she has missed opportunities of becoming a film star by living with curley on the ranch.
Crooks - he lives all alone as he is exiled from all the others mainly because he is black.
People on the ranch are going nowhere.
George and Lennie dream of a better life.
- Steinbeck implys from the beginning that their dream will never happen.
- George says 'I go to thinking maybe we would'.
- The American Dream is only a dream - there is a very small chance things will actually happen.
George's dream dies with Lennie.
- When George kills Lennie, George is resigned to the life of a single man.