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Lennie and George want to work on the ranch in the hopes of making enough money to buy their own farm, where they can be independent and in charge of their own destiny and rabbits. While this is something we can call the plan stage, it has a bit of a twist, hinted at by the way George tells Lennie and us as the reader of their dream.
The story of the little farm, with the rabbits and vegetable patch and so on, is less like a plan and more like a fairy tale. Lennie and George learn that Candy would like to live on the farm, too; he can even offer three hundred dollars toward its purchase which is his life support money.
Everyone is very excited at the possibility of the dream actually coming true.
As Lennie smiles to himself about the possibility of the ranch, Curley is on the prowl for his wife and a fight. He thinks Lennie is laughing at him or wants to fight him and begins to punch the big guy. Lennie is horrified and does nothing until George urges him to fight back.
Lennie promptly reduces Curley to a crying little man with a mangled hand. If Curley was waiting for Lennie to slip-up, he needs to wait no longer. Any promise of safety or happiness he had on the dream farm is over.
Although this means the literal destruction of Lennie, in killing his friend, George gives Lennie the happiest ending he could have. George has to face the sarcastic loneliness of the open road. Without Lennie, George has nothing that makes him different from the other sad wanderers.
The plan become very awry obviously. Lennie possesses the greatest physical strength of any character, which therefore establishes a sense of respect as he is employed as a ranch hand. However, his intellectual handicap undercuts this and results in his powerlessness.
Economic powerlessness is established as many of the ranch hands are victims of the Great Depression. As George, Candy and Crooks are positive, action- oriented characters, they wish to purchase a homestead, but because of the Depression, they are unable to generate enough money.
Lennie is the only one who is basically unable to take care of him, but the other characters would do this in the improved circumstances they seek.
Lastly, Most of all Steinbeck clearly believes The American Dream cannot always be considered as happiness, love, peace, etc.John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, was first published in At the time, America was still suffering the grim aftermath of the depression and the itinerant workers who form the basis of the novel were very much within the consciousness of a nation separated by wealth yet driven by the idea of ‘the American dream’.
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The Novel Unit curriculum is comprised of this Student Packet, and a sold-separately Of Mice & Men Novel Units Teacher's Guide; the book "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck . John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: Summary. The book joins our characters on their way to a new job on a ranch in the Salinas Valley.
Summary & Analysis ; John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: Summary & Analysis ; Tags: John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men Summary. Share this post. “Of Mice and Men” is a classic novella written by John Steinbeck and published in The world within the novella is based off of the author’s own experiences working as a farm hand in the ’s and the title of the book is taken from the Robert Burns poem, “To a mouse” which states: “The best laid schemes of mice and men/ Often go awry”.
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