Of Mice and Men
George distinguishes himself from the other migrant workers by choosing to care for, and be a friend to, Lennie. George benefits from his relationship with Lennie, but also has to sacrifice some of his freedom. He keeps to himself and tries to believe in his dream of property with Lennie, though we can tell that he never totally thinks it will truly happen. George has a kind heart, and refuses to let himself be like any other migrant worker.
Lennie's hallucinations of Aunt Clara and a giant rabbit symbolize his guilt and shame. He knows that there's something different about him, and these visions show us that Lennie understands that something is wrong. His appreciation and love for George is apparent as well. The hallucinations seem to tell us that this time the consequences may be so severe, that his situation will never get better.
George's friendship with Lennie is put in an impossible situation in this chapter. Instead of letting Curley kill Lennie painfully, George decides that the kindest way to help his friend is to shoot him himself. Friendship in this book has now developed into knowing when it is time to let go of the dream. Killing Lennie was the only way to keep both George and Lennie safe. Ultimately their friendship had to be larger than their dream of the farm .
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