Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice And Men

The same gun is used in the same manner to kill two beings, a smelly, old dog and a man
named Lennie, in the novel "Of Mice And Men." This story deals with love and death while
displaying an everyday scenario about friends and isolation. The symbols in this book
represent the basic elements of human love.

Some of the characters in this novel, such as Lennie, Crooks, and Curley's wife, epitomize
loneliness. Lennie, bearing his retardation, has trouble fitting in with the current
workers at the ranch. Even though all the ranch hands praise Lennie for his hard work,
they leave him out of nightly activities such as horseshoes. George, Lennie's traveling
buddy, is smart and fits right in with all of the employees of the ranch, adding to
Lennie's isolation. The black stable hand, Crooks, sleeps alone in a tiny room in the
stable and is disliked by everyone except for Lennie. Since he is black, segregation is
the ultimate reason why no one tries to like or befriend Crooks. Lennie, who, as an
innocent person, has no bigotry in him, visits Crooks one night when everyone else is in
town. Even thought Crooks does not show it, he enjoys Lennie's company, and it seems that
he and Lennie form a small friendship that would had developed more has the book been
longer. Another soul not included with the ranch clique, Curley's wife, whose name is not
mentioned in the book, is new to the ranch as well. She married Curley just weeks before
Lennie and George arrived. The ranch hands do not accept this lonely soul into their
social group because she is new. However, the ranch hands also do not accept Curley's wife
because she obviously is so lonely that the only way she can get attention is by flirting.
The only one who does not dismiss her when she flirts is Lennie who is obviously trying to
make a friend with another lonely person. These lonely individuals make this novel into a
very sad story of real life situations of when people really do not "fit in."

The idea of obtaining a little farm with animals and crops raised by George and Lennie,
and later joined by Candy, an old man, shows how dreams may cause a man to do anything to
fulfill that dream. Lennie is the most enthusiastic and determined to gain the small farm
and the all-important things -- the rabbits. Lennie repeatedly states that he wants to
take care of the rabbits. One reason that Lennie wants the rabbits is because he loves
soft things, but he also wants to prove George that he will not mess up by forgetting to
feed them. George is halfhearted about the idea, but fakes his enthusiasm just to satisfy
Lennie. To get away from his nomadic way of life, George supports the farm idea. From his
intimations given in the book, George ultimately is searching for a wife and to settle
down and start a family. The only way he thinks he can do that is via a small farm. Candy,
an older man, wants the farm as a nice place to await his coming death. Candy offers his
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