The reason he gives is that people in the world are scared of each other. Steinbeck refers to his belief that the American Dream has become a corrupted ideal, and that it is his duty as an author to reveal that to the American public. Lennie is the only one who is basically unable to take care of himself, but the other characters would do this in the improved circumstances they seek. Although Lennie may not want to kill any other living beings, it is in his nature to become aggressive and angry when frustrated. There are shorter means, many of them. It soon becomes clear that the two are close and George is Lennie's protector, despite his antics. She uses her power to flirt with other ranch hands to make her husband jealous even though she was in ingenuous person.
George feels numb and empty, but he has done what he felt he had to do. Lennie loves little animals but often crushes them by accident. His companion George tries to protect him, but they have a rough life as vagabond ranch hands. He often uses these characters to illustrate his belief in the uncertainty of the American Dream. Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
All the animals he pets ends up dead, so he can't be all that gentle. Lennie was a real person. Perhaps Steinbeck did this to show the reader the simplicity of the lives of the migrant workers. Crooks's barrier results from being barred from the bunkhouse by restraining him to the ; his bitterness is partially broken, however, through Lennie's ignorance. He looked steadily at his right hand that had held the gun. Slim gives a puppy to Lennie and Candy, whose loyal, accomplished sheep dog was by fellow ranch-hand Carlson. Steinbeck also supports this conclusion in his Nobel Prize Speech.
Source s Of mice and men. The American Dream has always been one of the most prominent ideals in American society. He touches rats, dogs, and hair. George and Lennie have always dreamt of an ideal life; they have a future with a big ranch and many rabbits which Lennie can play with. A 1972 Iranian film, , directed by Reza Mirlohi was adapted from and dedicated to John Steinbeck and his story.
The two sit together and George retells the beloved story of the dream, knowing it is something they'll never share. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. This can be proven both by the trust Lennie, who is symbolically the American Dream, places in George, and by the way Lennie needs George to succeed. We don't know exactly what the problem is, but we know that Lennie has a serious mental disability. Proud, bitter, and cynical, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. George never really understood how dangerous Lennie could be and always thought Lennie's strength could be restrained. Curley's is evidenced by his threatening of the farm hands for minuscule incidents.
Here, George relates that loneliness is responsible for much of that suffering, a theory supported by many of the secondary characters. In the end, death is the only option—or at least the most merciful one. While it was trying to negotiate one, though, death row inmates started filing appeals, claiming to have intellectual disabilities. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Publication date 1937 Pages 187 Of Mice and Men is a written by author. Candy is lonely after his dog is gone. All he wants is for George to be nice to him, and to pet soft things.
There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Lennie is clearly psychologically incompetent; his mind has matured to a level similar to that of a child; therefore, he can understand and communicate only the most elementary thoughts and ideas, and has no ability to judge situations before he speaks or acts. One departure between Steinbeck's book and Floyd's opera is that the opera features The Ballad Singer, a character not found in the book. Cliff Notes: On Steinbeck's Of Mice and men. Don't make any difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. But, George killing Lennie was better than someone else doing it. George dreams of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land where he and Lennie can build a home; he hopes that in California the two can realize their dream.
Try to understand each other. They may be so agreeable and wanting to please those around them that they are unable to successfully contribute to their own defense. Curley's wife enters the barn and tries to speak to Lennie, admitting that she is lonely and how her dreams of becoming a movie star are crushed, revealing her personality. Candy wished he would have done it. Two men have arrived on the scene, and the environment seems troubled by their presence. When the ranch hands appear, George lies about the murder. In the harsh, Depression-era world of the novel, Lennie simply doesn't get to have what he wants, because it's too dangerous.
The group burst into the clearing, and Curley was ahead. John Steinbeck portrays the character Lennie as the follower, and never the leader. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. Toward the end of Section 1, before George and Lennie reach the ranch, they camp for the night in a beautiful clearing and George assures Lennie of their special relationship. The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies. Sinise also played George in the film, and the role of Lennie was played by. There is no place for innocence or people who look out for each other.