Common Themes In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men is a novel about two friends who are chasing the American dream. The two main characters are George and Lennie. George and Lennie are best friends who travel to work. George is a smaller man but possess some intelligence. In contrast, Lennie is physically larger and stronger than George, but is not too bright and needs guidance. George and Lennie often find themselves without work because of Lennie’s mental disability and likeliness to destroy things. Even though Lennie makes George’s life more difficult, he continues to support Lennie because he is a true friend. Of Mice and Men, offers several themes throughout the story but the most common themes can be displayed with and through George and Lennie. This tale of George and Lennie takes the reader through a journey of friendship, love, and pain. The most common themes in the story are friendship and loyalty as well as strengths as a weakness.…show more content…
This theme is expressed throughout the book from the beginning until the end. George and Lennie have an unique friendship because they’re both dependent on each other. George needs Lennie in order to get work and Lennie depends on George for guidance and protection. Lennie also looks up to George; this is evident in how he reacts every time he does something wrong. Lennie knows George is going to be disappointed in him and he does not like how this feels. There are many examples of them showing their friendship and true loyalty to each other like one time Curly accused them of being gay and George told him straight up like man. "We travel
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