Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
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  • Chapter 1, page 14
  • ...we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres..
  • Go   on George... tell about what we're gonna have in the garden.
  • Chapter 3, page 48
  • He won't even feel it.
  • Chapter 5, page 91
  • I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing.
  • In this scene, Lennie asks George to  tell the story of their dream because George  makes Lennie upset by saying he would be better off without him.  George and Lennie's dream of owning  a farm is a symbol of the American Dream, and  the two of them must stick together if they want to accomplish this. Everyone has a dream, even if they don't have much money or face other obstacles.  
  • Chapter 6, page 105
  • Look acrost the river, Lennie an' I'll tell you so you can almost see it.
  • In this scene, Carlson decides to shoot Candy's dog because it's old and can't do much.  Candy doesn't stop him, but is very upset because the dog was his friend. The friendship between Candy and his dog is similar to the friendship between George and Lennie. The death of Candy's dog foreshadows Lennie's death. Although you need friends to accomplish your dreams, they can hold you back.
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  • In this scene, Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife, because she starts yelling and he gets scared. Because of this, Lennie won't be able to work on the ranch any more. This means that the dream can't be accomplished because Lennie and George won't have enough money. This scene demonstrates that you are the undoing of your own dreams.
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  • In this scene, Lennie is running away after killing Curley's wife. George finds him and shoots him, as he knows it will be worse if Curley finds him. The dream can't be accomplished without Lennie, so George will never own a farm due to circumstances beyond his control. This scene demonstrates that you won't be able to accomplish your dreams because you'll almost always fail.
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