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Updated: 10/16/2020
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  • Companionship requires commitment.
  • “I been mean, ain’t I?”“If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a cave. I can go awayany time.”
  • “No—look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me.
  • Hold fast to your dreams, and never let go.
  • Nothertime I met a guy, an’ he was in pitchers. Went out to the Riverside Dance Palacewith him. He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural.Soon’s he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it.”
  • “I never got that letter,” “I always thought my ol’ lady stole it. Well, I wasn’t gonna stay no place where I couldn’t get nowhere or make something of myself, an’where they stole your letters, I ast her if she stole it, too, an’ she says no.
  • Loneliness leads to desperate actions.
  • “Come on in and set a while, “’Long as you won't get out and leave me alone,you might as well set down.”
  • George gets upset at Lennie and rants about not having to deal with him. Lennie responds by saying he will leave and go off by himself, and George quickly apologies and says he wants him to stay. This scene shows the commitment that is needed for any companion, especially during an era where this is almost unseen.
  • Life is meaningless if we don't have a place to belong. 
  • “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no fambly. They don’t belong no place."
  • In this scene, Curley's wife explains how her dreams were crushed by her mother, even though she doesn't know if it was her. After this, she just let go of her dreams and lived a disappointing life. Many of the men on the ranch had dreams of a better life, but were never able to get there.
  • Isolation drives us to become hardhearted.
  • “I ain’t got no people, I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin’ to fight all the time.”
  • During this era, racism and discrimination were very common. For Crooks, being a black man on the ranch meant that he was alone by himself all the time. When Lennie came to talk to him, he did something he wasn't supposed to and let him in. His being isolated led Crooks do something very desperate and risky.
  • Great love comes with great sacrifice.
  • “No, No, Lennie. I ain’t mad. I never been mad, an’ I ain’tnow. That’s a thing I want ya to know.”
  • “Le’s do it now. Le’s get that place now.”
  • Most of the men on the ranch have no meaning and belonging. Like George said in this scene, they have no place to belong, no one to accept them. Thus, their lives are miserable that's why all of them are dreaming and pushing for a better life.
  • In this scene, George and Slim talk about how isolation causes them to become very mean and coldhearted. This is true throughout this whole novel, as everyone is very hostile and rude to each other.
  • “Yeah, they get mean, They get so they don’t want to talk to nobody.”
  • In the final scene of the book, Lennie and George talk about the dream they are going to have. Sadly, Lennie messed up bad and killed Curley's wife on accident. Thus, George is forced to kill him out of love for him. If he doesn't, the men at the ranch were going to torture and kill him. This scene shows the great love and companionship George had for Lennie, to the point of killing his only friend so he wouldn't have to suffer anymore.
  • “Sure, right now. I gotta. We gotta.”
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