Of Mice and Men. The relationship of George and Lennie.

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Vanessa Blakemore

Of Mice and Men

The novel begins near the Salinas River, south of Soledad, in the California Valley. A path leads to the banks of the river, and the two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small follow this path to the river. They are on their way to a job at a nearby ranch, and their ride has left them several miles away. It is hot and they are tired from the walk so they rested in a clearing by the river where they drank some water and stayed for the night.

George can see the reality of being a ranch-hand as he said “Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world.” This is because ranch hands don’t have any family. They don’t belong to a place; they don’t have a fixed home; they just come to a ranch and work. They got nothing to look ahead to. The quotation gives the thought that loneliness is one of the ideas in the novel. And most of the people that George and Lennie met the next day are lonely.

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George and Lennie have a dream and this is to own their own ranch which is commonly known as the American Dream. They will have a house, a couple of acres; they will have rabbits, chickens, pigs and other livestock’s; they will have a garden with a big vegetable patch and live off the fat on the land. The loneliness makes both George and Lennie have a dream that motivates them to work. In the novel they are met by different characters on the farm that all have a dream. Most of the characters in the novel are lonely ...

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