This makes them different from the other migrant workers. However, it is evident that Lennie gets into trouble, and George has to get him out of it. George becomes fed up occasionally. Lennie also likes to pet things, and he keeps dead mice In his pockets, which George has to throw away. “God almighty, if I was alone, I could live so easy.
Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. I tell ya,’ he cried, ‘I tell ya a guy get’s too lonely an’ he gets sick” (69). Crooks’ illustrates that his lack of companionship manifests itself physically and emotionally. The only alleviation of these symptoms for Crooks occurs when he offers to work on Candy, George, and Lennie’s farm (Steinbeck 76). Similarly, Curley’s wife seeks out other people as a way to cope with her loneliness.
He has no understanding over the situation, and drinks just because he's thirsty. George quickly chastises him, explaining how the water could be "bad" and make Lennie "sick ". This shows that George cares for Lennie, as he is worried about him getting sick. As we've already seen, George tries to take care of Lennie. In their relationship, George is in control like a parent, while Lennie is just like a little kid.
Though the pet was once a great sheepdog, it was put out to pasture once it stopped being productive. Candy realizes that his fate is to be put on the roadside as soon as he’s no longer useful on the ranch, he won’t be treated any differently than his dog. In 1930’s America there was no welfare system for the older generation as they were expected to take care of themselves. Candy and his dog parallel the relationship of George and Lennie. Like Candy's dog, Lennie depends on George to take care of him and show him what to do.
Jack Wilkins October 8th, 2013 3rd Period Jack Wilkins October 8th, 2013 3rd Period John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men tells the tragic tale of George and Lennie, two companions forced to drift from job to job in order to make a living. Arriving at a new farm full of characters embodying loneliness, the pair dreams of escape from the vicious cycle of isolation that accompanies life as a migrant worker before they ultimately succumb to Naturalism’s cruel fate themselves. Lennie and George keep each other going, both of them providing the fuel for the other. The two also give hope to the characters around them; their dreams for “defiance of the cycle” inspires others to attempt escape from the chains of Naturalism themselves. But, even as the relationship of George and Lennie is beautiful and rare, it is also heartbreaking, for the contrast between the pair’s aspirations and the final result of their struggle sharply illustrates the tragedy of Naturalism.
The reason for Carlson’s eagerness to get rid of the dog was because he didn’t share the special bond between Curly and his dog. This was not all Candy had to think about, he knew that without his dog, his life would be empty .Knowing that due to his physical disability, it would not be long until Candy’s services would not be needed anymore “I got hurt four years ago,” ... “They’ll can me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunk-houses they’ll put me on the county.” (Page 63 ) After hearing about Lennie and George’s
As he tries to help the men attain their dream, he also reminds them of the possibility (and indeed, likelihood) that it’s going to fail. Once it does indeed fail, it’s Candy more than anyone else who feels the loss. While George mourns what he must do to his friend, and Lennie worries for the future rabbits, Candy is left to embody the despair one finds at the end of a long, hard-working life when you’re done with your career and no closer to the American dream. And also, your best friend (even if it is a dog), is
Steinbeck emphasizes the theme of dreams throughout the book. George aspires to be independent , to be his own boss and most importantly to be a ‘somebody’ and not just another unemployed bum. Lennie aspires to be with George on his independent homestead, and to quench his fixation on soft objects. Candy wants to reassert his responsibility and influence which was lost when Carlson killed his dog and also security on George’s ranch. Loneliness is a significant figure on most of the characters lives as it was on most of the American people during the Great Depression.
Of Mice and Men: The Theme of Loneliness In Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, the theme of loneliness is portrayed through characters seen as “outsiders”, otherwise known as those with a personality that doesn't fit in with the flow of the society. Steinbeck’s novella takes place in America during the Great Depression. Loneliness is apparent in the barren environment that is created, and the scarcity of successful people living in America-many people were struggling to make end’s meet, and many were traveling around looking for work. Steinbeck, through the story of Curley’s Wife and Crooks, teaches that loneliness affects how a person interacts with others, and changes their behavior greatly. Crooks, the black stable buck, is another worker on the ranch that George and Lennie are introduced to throughout the second chapter of the novel, when they arrive at the ranch.
Candy needed his dog to get jobs on a cattle farm as he could herd animals and his dog needed an owner in his older age. Candy also has a strong yet short relationship with George and Lennie. "I'd make a will an' leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, cause' I ain't got no relatives nor nothing." Steinbeck shows how willing Candy is to his word by using inclusive tone. Candy shows a sense of compassion towards George and Lennie as he is giving two strangers his life's savings when he passes away.