"-we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres..."
"An' live off the fatta the lan',"
Scene II : Chapter 3, pg. 48
"He won't even feel it."
Scene III : Chapter 5, pg. 90
"I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing,"
George had made Lennie upset by saying he would be better off without him. To make it up, he retells the story of their dreams owning a farm. This dream of theirs is an example of the American dream, to achieve it they need one another. Everyone has dreams they want to accomplish but requirements such as money can hold you back. These obstacles can be hard to accomplish without the help of others.
Scene IV : Chapter 6, pg. 105
"Look acrost the river, Lennie an' I'll tell you so you can almost see it."
Candy is melancholy because he end up letting Carlson shoot his old dog who has been by his side for years. Candy's friendship with his dog is comparable to that of George and Lennie's which also foreshadows Lennie's fate. Though you need others to help you accomplish your dreams, they could also be the source of your dreams undoing.
Curly's wife offers Lennie to touch her soft hair but he is too rough. Her scream makes him panic and he accidentally breaks her neck, killing her. At this point the story reaches its climax, Lennie will not be able to work at the ranch anymore so their dreams of getting a farm is ruined. This scene shows how you yourself can be the downfall of your own dreams.
After Lennie accidentally kills Curly's wife, he runs away realizing he had done something bad. George finds Lennie at the bushes where he was told to hide and shoots him, ending the life of his best friend. This is the resolution of their story, Lennie's death comes with the death of their dreams. This portrays that our dreams are ultimately unattainable because bad things will always come about as if fate has already been decided.