Scene 1: ch 1 pg 14, George and Lennie by the fire talking about their dream. They are in the forest down the road from the Ranch they're going to work at.
"O.K. Someday- we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house..." -George ch 1 pg 14
"An' live off the fatta the lan'," -Lennie ch 1 pg 14
Scene 2: ch 3 pg 44, Carlson is trying to get Candy to kill his old dog. Candy cannot, so Carlson does it and Candy regrets not doing so himself.
"He ain't no good to you Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself..." -Carlson ch 3 pg 44
Scene 3: ch 5 pg 91, Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife because of his love for touching soft things. Moreover, Lennie doesn't know his own strength and when he shook her to get her to stop screaming, he killed her.
"He shook her then and he was angry with her... her body flopped like a fish... she was still for Lennie had broken her neck." - narrator ch 5 pg 91
"-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her. He usta liked to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would." - George ch 5 pg 94
"Then- it's all off?" -Candy ch 5 pg 95
George and Lennie are migrant workers during the 1930's and together they hope to reach a dream of owning their own plot of land and cultivating it. This is a symbol for the American Dream. John Steinbeck begins the novel with a very simplistic theme that he builds upon and twists throughout the novel. This idea of having dreams (in this case the 'American Dream') and how sometimes those who you need to help accomplish your dream may also hinder it.
Scene 4: ch 6 pg 106, Lennie ran away to the pond and George has to shoot him before the rest of the lynching party catches up.
"Le's do it now. Le's get that place now..."
This scene foreshadows the inevitable death of Lennie by George because Lennie is not good to himself or George. George also doesn't want anyone else to do it for him because in a sense Lennie is as to George as the old dog is to Candy. They're old friends. This scene contributes to the theme of burdens and how they affect your dream. Even more so how they affect you and what you must do with them. Lennie is a burden on George and so is the old dog on Candy.
This is the climax of the story and everything after is the consequence of Lennie's actions. This helps support the theme of being your own undoing of your dreams and how those who you associate with can hurt your dream. Lennie's obsession with soft things is what causes him to force George to move around and in the end kill him. This hurts George's dream too because now that Lennie has killed someone, he has killed both of their chances of having that dream.
This scene symbolizes the death of their dream together. Like Candy's dog at the start of the novel, George has to get rid of his burden. The American Dream is unattainable because no matter what you do, uncontrollable events will always keep you from the dream. Lennie represents these events. For Lennie is strong and unpredictable because he has the mind of a child. The scene here shows what happens to your dream because of these events and because of the people you associate with.
"...George raised the gun and steadied it...He pulled the trigger..."