Of Mice And Men Themes

Quotes and analysis for two of the many themes of Of Mice And Men.

Please give suggestions for more quotes which should be used for the two themes and any other analysis I should have used.

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'Lennie, your gonna be sick like you was last night' - shows how George cares for Lennie's health and is the Mother-like figure in the relationship.

'We gota future, we got someone to talk to that gives a dam about about us' - shows how they will always have each other and and unlike other interant workers. They aren't alone; they have each other.

'I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you' - most important quote in the novel about friendship, showing how they always will have each others backs no matter what. They will always take good care of each other, like when George saved Lennie from drowning when he told him to jump into the River. 

'We gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house' - This illustrates the Dream and how they always plan to be together even in the future.

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'I want you to come right here an hide in the brush' - Shows George's doubt in Lennie causing trouble again,(like in Weed) but illustrates how he telling him to come to the brush to keep Lennie safe from harm. This shows how he cares and feels that it is his responsbility to keep Lennie from trouble and ensure nothing bad happens to him.

'A guy on a ranch don't never listen nor he ask no questions' - Illustrates how in the Ranch and 1920's American lifestyle every man was for himself, however George and Lennie are different from everyone else.

'Never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy' - shows how George and Lennie's friendship is so unsual and strange for the other Ranch workers to see. Ranch workers are usually supposed to be alone. 

'Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other' - This emphasizes how lonely Ranch workers are and how through the Great Depression not many people are the Ranches build friendships as they are moving around so much, so it's every man for himself.

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'I could get along so easy if i didn't have you on my tail' - shows how George occasionally thinks of how it could be without Lennie. His life would be free of hassle and responsibility just like the other Ranch Workers.

'Fatta the lan' - This is George and lennie's dream, to live in a house just the two of them, not having to worry about anything. 

'Coulda been in the movies' - This is Curleys wife's dream. She tells Lennie this during Chapter Five. This shows how even Curleys Wife hates the ranch life and is still hoping for her dream to come true.

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Maisy Tallon

Goood :)


useful start, but it would be better if you had a larger range of themes

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