Of Mice and Men

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  • Chapter 1 Symbol:Rabbit
  • Chapter 2 Symbol:The Bunk
  • Chapter 3 Symbol:Male Frienship
  • Rabbits frequently show up in chapter one as a symbol of hope. Both George and Lennie have a dream of owning a farm one day, and George promises Lennie that they will have different colored rabbits. To Lennie, George's word of tending to the rabbits impels Lennie not to get in trouble.
  • Chapter 4 Symbol:The American Dream
  • 'Ain't many guys travel around together...I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." - Slim (pg. 35) Slim explains the classic stereotype of a migrant worker, which is a lone wolf looking for work. Seeing two men working together and not being lonely or "scared" is very rare. This sets the character of all the other migrant workers, lonely and mean.
  • Chapter 5 Symbol:Lennie's Puppy
  • Lennie and George, they're different because they have each other. Usually ranchers have no family, no friends and therefore no future. Although most of the men in the novel are entirely alone, they crave true companionship.
  • Chapter 6 Symbol:Death
  • "Lennie and George's dream of owning a farm and livingoff the "fatta the lan" symbolizes this dream.
  • Just as Lennie is dependent on George , Lennie's puppy is entirely dependent on Lennie. Like Lennie, the puppy symbolizes the fate of the weak in the face of the strong.
  • George kills Lennie before Curley can find him. The men cover it up. The reader feels sorrow that George has to kill his best friend.
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