Imagine you chose to kill your best friend, What if you had no other choice? That happened in this case, George shot his close friend Lennie that was handicapped. George did the right thing in shooting Lennie. He would just ruin/slow down George’s plans.
Throughout the novel, Lennie and George discuss the luxuries available to them living on their own farm. During their conversations, George imagines and explains, “We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house” (Steinbeck 57). They dream of this because they are tired of living the nomad life, barely earning enough, and not belonging anywhere. They want something more for themselves because they deserve to feel the sense of belonging and living a happy and full life. Lennie and George do not want to tell many people about this dream because they know it is ridiculous, but when Candy discovers their plan, he wants to join. He exchanges a secret with them too. Candy informed them that he has three hundred and fifty dollars saved that he could contribute to the farm, and he would leave a will with his share of the land to both George and Lennie. After discussion, the men realized the dream was possible. Steinbeck described their reaction as the following, “They fell into a silence. They looked at one another amazed. This thing they had never really believed was coming true” (Steinbeck 60). At this time, George, Lennie, and Candy believed the American Dream was possible, but not all dreams can come true. Lennie was destined for trouble, but the
The words selfish and selfless are two completely different words with two completely different meanings, yet they get confused quite often. In “Of Mice and Men,” some readers may envision the character George as selfish or harsh towards Lennie, however, Steinbeck portrays George as selfless. George and Lennie find themselves in penurious situations very often. This is burdensome for George considering Lennie’s mental disability, and it should be expected that George will become infuriated with him at times. It is evident that George’s actions and words towards Lennie are selfless or caring represented by Lennie’s mental disability, his troublesome behavior, the life George could have without him, and why George kills him.
The novella ‘of Mice and Men’ was written by John Steinbeck in the 1930s. It is set in a difficult period of time when America was sunk in deep depression. However, themes of loyalty shine brightly throughout the novella. He shows that even though Americas economy is in tatters, loyalty can still be as prominent. There were also distinct themes of disloyalty, mainly between characters. This creates a connection with the reader, making the characters more relatable. The novella is overall strong and powerful in making sure the reader is not oblivious to loyalty to characters, themes and setting.
John Steinbeck's novella 'Of Mice and Men' contains various important themes. One of the significant themes of this novella is hope, friendship and loneliness, determination that empowers a man to endeavour with a feeling of self-esteem.
Both Lennie and George have a similar idea of what they want for their American dream and that is to someday owning a farm. If they achieve this it would offer protection and financial care. Crooks tells them that they won’t be able to achieve their American dream and this ends up being true for them. Lennie explains their dream and says " 'Well, ' said George, 'we 'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we 'll just say the hell with going ' to work, and we 'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an ' listen to the rain coming ' down on the roof... '" (Steinbeck 15). Lennie and George have very little to give. They have no family, money or home. As Lennie and George describe the life they want they soon remember their childhood and how they the things they had in their childhood to be on their farm. Unfortunately for Lennie and George they don 't reach their dream either. George ends up killing Lennie and doesn 't live on to succeed with living on the
One of the predominant themes that govern the story and characters in the book is friendship, "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world” Lennie And George are very lucky to have each other, although they are rather different to one another,
One of the most important forms of animal symbolism that is represented in Of Mice and Men is held with rabbits. This animal in particular plays a huge role throughout the text as a sign of hope for Lennie. Steinbeck states "An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages …" (Steinbeck 14). Lennie asks George to tell him of their dream farm with the abundance of animals that they will have and how great their life will be. He constantly chooses to have George tell this tale whenever things are getting rough or heated between the two in order to almost mend their relationship. For Lennie, this always manages to conjure up enlightening thoughts within his head whenever the farm, rabbits, or even any other soft and pettable animals are mentioned within the story. Much like with George, the farm may represent freedom and happiness, but, for Lennie, it is simply an entrance to soft animals in general—which is an independence and jollity in itself. While the rabbits for Lennie represent such a positive feature in his life, ironically, they also act as a parallel too. Lennie admires the rabbits and often ponders of taking care of them, but his inability to be gentle around other animals in general reflects the downfall of his fondness for them in the
The film depicts George going over the ‘rules’ for Lennie at this new farm in Soledad because in the past Lennie has accidentally caused trouble, so George wanted to make sure he stayed in line. He repeatedly told Lennie that if he did anything bad that he wouldn't be allowed to tend the rabbits, which is what Lennie looks forward to the most on their dream farm. (Of Mice and Men) At this point, George and Lennie are camping in the forest before starting their new job the next day. This is salient because it reveals not only how their dream keeps them together, but also how it makes them go the extra distance in hopes of achieving it. Near the end of the movie, Curley wife came into the barn to try and chat up Lennie, but Lennie told Curley’s wife that he wasn't allowed to talk to her because George told him she might cause some problems. (Of Mice and Men) At this point, Lennie had just killed his puppy on accident and was already worried about how mad George would be, so he didn't want to add fuel to the fire by talking to Curley’s wife. This is significant because it displays the impact of the dream farm on Lennie. He is worried that by disappointing George he wont be allowed to tend the rabbits, so he tries his hardest to stay out of
However, when Lennie kills Curley’s wife, George pityingly kills Lennie. After Lennie kills her, he feels so awful that he starts hallucinating a giant bunny and his aunt. They tell him how he never does anything right and how he should never tend rabbits. The giant rabbit says, “Tend rabbits, You crazy bastard. You ain’t fit to lick the boots of no rabbit. You’d forget ’em and let ’em go hungry. That’s what you’d do. An’ then what would George think?” (Steinbeck 143) Lennie knows that George will be angry and he is so scared that he can’t tell the difference between dreams and reality. “When Lennie dies, the teleological dream of the Edenic farm dies with him, for while Lennie’s weakness doomed the dream it was his innocence that kept it alive.” (Owens) Lennie killing Curley’s wife ruined their dream of getting the ranch and snapped George back into reality. He knew deep down that he would never get the ranch. He says to Candy,” —I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.” (Steinbeck 134) He knew it was too good to be true but sometimes sanity leaves people when they’ve had enough. Lennie’s innocent mental state and George’s nurturing of Lennie are what kept their dream alive. But, after Lennie died, all of it was
The color amber best represents “Of Mice and Men” because the story changes in emotion every page. The color amber can vary in color from yellow or gold to brown and even red. All of these colors inside of the color amber represent different emotions being felt in the book. The color amber is known to produce an electric charge. That's exactly what this book does. This book doesn't make you get bored in the middle of reading it. It has twists and turns in every page. It will leave you wanting more.
Have you ever had to experience homelessness? Have you ever felt alone with no hope left? During the novel Lennie was one of the main characters. He was one of the most important people in the novel. Both him and George were homeless, they had no money and no way of transportation other than walking. Lennie was a young man who was very tall and much bigger than George, they travelled together with no transportation and no home. Lennie was always feeling alone and as if George never really listened to him. Most of the time Lennie was scared that he would mess up something and George would get mad. All that Lennie wanted in life was to have his dream come true and to tend the rabbits. “But you ain’t gonna get in no trouble, because if you do, I won’t let you tend the rabbits” (16)
Lennie: a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide sloppy shoulders, walks heavily, dragging his feet. Is baby like, and gets himself into trouble again and again, George is the one gets him out of trouble. He is very much obsessed with owning rabbits.
Of Mice and Men is one of the most widely assigned modern novels in high schools because of both its form and the issues that it raises. John Steinbeck’s reliance on dialogue, as opposed to contextual description, makes the work accessible to young readers, as does his use of foreshadowing and recurrent images. Equally important is the way in which he intertwines the themes of loneliness and friendship and gives dignity to those characters, especially Lennie and Crooks, who are clearly different from their peers. By focusing on a group of lonely drifters, Steinbeck highlights the perceived isolation and sense of “otherness”
Lennie and George have a pretty deep relationship. They have been working together for a long time and have been partners. Lennie always looks up to George as his role model. George made him a promise that, when they get to build their dream house, Lennie will get to tend the rabbits. “That’s him,” Lennie said. “That’s the guy, an’ he ‘s gonna let me tend the rabbits.” This shows Lennie’s friendship with George because he is so excited to see him and talk about all of the things they are going to do.