Symbolism In John Steinbeck's Of Mice Of Men

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Have you ever had your grandma give you an ugly, itchy sweater that you knew you were never going to wear? Would it change your mind if you knew it meant something to her? The sweater could symbolize a special connection with grandma. Authors often use symbolism to show the readers characters stories. In Of Mice Of Men, I believe John Steinbeck’s greater message is that everyone has something that shows who they are and their story behind it. The author chose to focus on the dream and what it meant to the main characters.
The main characters of the story George Milton and Lennie Small have a dream of living on a farm. In the context of the book Crooks the stable buck says “Just like heaven, everybody wants a little piece of land” (Steinbeck 74). This to George and Lennie symbolizes freedom and happiness to do as they please on their own land. They can do whatever they want, whenever they want and can’t be told anything. They lived the ranch life where they were to what to do, when, and how much you get paid. Candy a
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Candy’s dog shows that a companion through life can show a best friend, happiness, and the importance of a relationship. This dog means the world to this old man and is his only friend to give him hope to be alive and enjoy it. Candy sat on the edge of his bunk. He scratched the stump on his wrist nervously. “”I got hurt four years ago,””he said. “”They’ll can me purty soon. Just as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunkhouses they’ll put me on the country (Steinbeck 60). This shows how when you’re animals get old people say they get useless. But if they mean something to you and still have a purpose to you they are worth something. Just like Candy when he gets old they are going to can him but he might mean the world to someone else just like a pet would to it’s owner. Now we will talk about color differences and what it can symbolize to a
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