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Of Mice and Men Themes

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THEMES THE AMERICAN DREAM From the beginning of the book, both Lennie and George have a somewhat unbelievable dream to make enough money to live "off the fat of the land". Originally George tells this story to Lennie as just that, a story. George does not have a vivid belief that their dreams will eventuate into anything more. When George and Lennie share their dream with Candy, George seems to come to the realisation that with Candy's help their dream could become a reality in the near future. This seems to raise George's hopes and he convinces himself that it is truly possible to have the American Dream. ...read more.


They got no family. They belong in no place.' This sense of loneliness that both George and Lennie feel leads them to develop a dream. This dream motivates them to work and is the one thing that distracts them from their loneliness. The rest of the ranch feel the same feelings that George and Lennie experience. At different times throughout the book various characters open up to Lennie about their loneliness. Curley's wife states "I get lonely,' she said. 'You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley". Crooks also inadvertently admits to Lennie that he is lonely by becoming caught up in Lennie, George and Candy's dream for a short period of time. ...read more.


George carries on moving around despite Lennie continuing to let him down (the Weed incident). George himself is innocent in his beliefs that Lennie will not fall short of his expectations and that their dreams will eventually come true. DISCRIMINATION Lennie, in particular falls victim to discrimination. The ranch workers naturally assume upon first sight of Lennie that he is a very strong man. Their next impression of Lennie is that he isn't the brightest man. Neither of these assumptions is incorrect, but they could be classed as discriminative. He is considered dispensable and is a similar situation as Candy, Candy's dog and Crooks. The discrimination is both verbally, emotionally and mentally directed towards these 4 characters. ...read more.

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