Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

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  • In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck illustrates how a person can overstep their boundaries of friendship to achieve their dream. 
  • "I...ain't gonna say nothin'. Jus' gonna stan' there"(4).
  • "O.K. Now when we go in to see the boss, what you gonna do?"(3).
  • George also demonstrates the theme of overstepping boundaries of friendships to achieve their dream when he tells Candy about him and Lennie's plan to get a ranch.
  • "You know where's a place like that...S'pose I went in with you guys"(59).
  • "George half closed his eyes 'I gotta think about that, We was always gonna do it by ourselves"(59).
  • In the middle of the book, the theme of overstepping friendship boudaires is shown through George during the fight between Lennie and Curley. 
  • "The big face was covered with blood. George yelled again, 'I said get him"(63).
  • "I didn't want,' Lennie cried, 'I didn't wanta hurt him"(64). 
  • This is one of the first conversation we see between Goerge and Lennie, we see that George is controlling Lennie by telling him what to say. This is Gorge overstepping his boundaries of friendship. George should not be allowed to control Lennie like this. But because George wants his dream to become a reality so bad he doesn't care that he is dehumanizing Lennie. 
  • Another scene where George demonstrates the overstepping of boundaries for his dream is when he kills Lennie at the end of the book.
  • George is starting to realize that it takes more than just money to get his dream of the ranch. He needs people who can help him with the farm work and the money problems. He knows Lennie cannot do that, so he is considering Candy as a replacement for Lennie. Georege replacing Lennie is him overstepping his boundary of friendship. He and Lennie built the dream together, and by breaking the promise to Lennie, George is becoming less loyal to his friend because he crossed his boundary. 
  • At the beginning of the book George is a loyal friend to Lennie, but in this scene is the first time we see George make Lennie do something he doesn't want to do. Lennie does not want to hurt anyone or thing. During his fight with Curley, Lennie was not going to fight back, but George yelled at him to beat up Curley. George is overstepping his boundary of friendship. By pushing Lennie to do something against his morals, he is also pushing away the trust Lennie has for George. But George continues to encourage Lennie to fight because he doesn't want Curley in the way of his dream to own his own ranch. 
  • At this point in the book, George has completely realized that Lennie is not able to be apart of his dream. After killing Curley's wife, Lennie is now a fugitive. George was okay with George being in trouble at the beginning of the book when they ran away from Weed. But after meeting Candy, Geoge knows that Lennie will do no good to his dream but only harm. By killing Lennie, George broke his friendship and overstepped the boundary of friends. Through the Character George, Steinbeck reveals how dreams make you overstep your boundaries of friendship. 
  • "Got him, by God' He went over and looked down at Lennie, and then he looked back at George, 'Right in the back of the head' he said softly"(107). 
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