One of the big themes in Of Mice and Men is the search for companionship and Thomas Scarseth makes an accurate point about friendship. He stated, "Friendship. Love. That too is what Of Mice and Men is all about. Lennie and George, disparate types, are, against all good reason, friends.
One of the symbols that represents the American Dream is the farm that George and Lennie often fantasized about. It’s symbolizes a paradise. Lennie constantly urged George to describe their future on their own ranch. It kept them motivated to work hard. Specifically, it’s evident in the beginning of the novella, “‘Well,’ said George, ‘we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens.
He also won the nobel prize in literature in 1962. He got it because of how realistic his story truly was. During the time period of the story Of Mice and Men people who were of color were treated differently. They had a harder time getting through there jobs and meeting new people and being welcomed into their environment. During the time in this story Women were always right and they were trusted over the men.
Lennie, who is mentally handicapped, dreams of owning a rabbit hutch and taking care of rabbits as he loves small anmals to pet like mice. As a cause of his strong but innocent characteristics he accidently kills them while petting them. George takes care of Lennie and leads his child-like friend in contrast to living on his own and having a family of his own.When they arrive at the farm they get to know other workers who are different from the main characters; they do not have dreams and live a lonely and socially excluded life. While living there Lennie gets a puppy from one of the workers and the main characters are introduced to Curley, the son of the boss who is violent and aggressive and his wife who is often compared to a prostitute as she flirts a lot. Lennie and Curley also get into a fight which leaves Curley with a smashed hand.
“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.” This was from Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse.” John Steinbeck used this quotation as the title of his book, Of Mice and Men. As in the poem, human being’s plans also do not always go as intended. Even in this title, Steinbeck is already foreshadowing what will happen in the story. George and Lennie, in Of Mice and Men, wish to someday own their own farm together. But, Lennie has mental disabilities, such as short-term memory loss.
The subject of Of Mice and Men is George and Lennie; its themes are ideas such as dreams, racial discrimination and loneliness. A vivid portrait of two migrant farmers who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world after the Depression in America which crippled the country from 1930-1936, and one third of America’s population-unemployment. George and his simple-minded friend Lennie dream of a place to call their own farm. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their American dreams begin to destabilize. Physical description, actions, and speech are the major techniques used by Steinbeck in his portraits to give a preliminary description of the characters.
Owning and tending the rabbits mainly Lennie's dream but both of them want a farm. It was evident that Lennie and George wanted nothing more than to have a farm of their own as shown in this quote; “OK Someday- we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres, an’ a cow and some pigs and- An’ live off the fatta the lan’.” (p.14). This quote demonstrates their aspiration to possess their own land, Because of the time period in which Steinbeck writes the book, this was what was known as the “American Dream”, which served as deep motivation to many. Workers like Lennie and George have no family, no home, and very little control over their lives “With us it ain't like that. We got a future.”(p.14).George emphasizes that their dream makes them special.
One of the main characters in the novel, George had a dream of having his own place. His dream was so relevant to him, yet it was dashed. When George and Lennie are by the creek, George talks about his dream that he’ll get his own place, “...Someday-we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple acres an’ a cow and some pigs…” (Steinbeck
One way Lennie is described as is innocent. His one goal is tending the rabbits at a farm one day. He likes to pet soft things and sometimes does bad things but doesn’t realize they are wrong. The reason that Lennie and George had to leave their old job and town was that Lennie saw a girl’s red dress.
Steinbeck idealizes friendship, and the signification of the dream that Lenin and George (later on Candy) share—but also, he emphasizes on the loneliness that certain of the secondary characters feel. Friendship is a significant theme in “Of mice and men”. Approaching the end of section 1 before Lenin and George arrive at the ranch, they camp for the night in a beautiful setting in the bush and George tells Lennie how special their relationship is—which is the core of the novel, in this
To say this as kind as possible, George’s dreams were in an uncrackable safe and Lennie was the safe itself. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, was my favorite story that I read this year. The characters were interesting and there wasn’t a lot of characters either, which I liked. I also enjoyed the plot twist at the end and probably wouldn’t have ever saw it coming if I didn’t have it spoiled for me. In the story, I found it ironic that the two people traveling with each other would be complete opposites of each other.