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of mice and men

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Transcript of of mice and men

George

Symbols (continued)
In society, George also represents the working class, as he is always doing small jobs for other men on their farms. "' An' I ain't so bright neither, or I wouldn't be bucking barley for my fifty and found. If I was bright, if I was even a little bit smart, I'd have my own little place, an' I'd be bringin' in my own crops, 'stead of doin' all the work and not getting what comes outta the ground'" (Steinbeck 39). George is lower in society because he doesn't have much money and is under others on the farm, which isn't even his. He is under the owner of the farm, the owner's son, at least one farmhand, and is grouped in with the other workers on the farm. He is doing work for other men, and doesn't stay in one place for a long time. He can be symbolized as a worker or farmer who works for others.
Disappointment
Physical Aspects
In,
Of Mice and Men
George faces many disappointing moments in his life. One of his disappointing moments is that he can’t achieve his dream. His dream is to have his own property- a house, and to produce their own food. That was a dream for all of the people living in the Great Depression. The reason he cannot achieve his dream is because he loses his motivation when he finds out that Lennie kills Curley’s wife: “I’ll work my month an’ I’ll take my fifty buck an I’ll stay all night in some lousy cat house’”(Steinbeck 95). George gives up on his dream completely. Another disappointment George faces in his life is the fact that he cannot share his dream with Lennie. Before they arrived at Curley's place, Lennie always motivated George that they'll someday have their own little place and don't have to work for someone. But now that Lennie is going to get killed for killing Curley's wife, George does not believe that he can achieve their dream with Lennie anymore.
Symbols
George represents, in society, a fatherly figure to Lennie. "' Lennie, for God's sakes don't drink so much.' Lennie continued to snort into the pool. The small man leaned over and shook his shoulder. 'Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night.'" (Steinbeck 3). He cares a lot about Lennie and his well being, as a father would. He also has to look over and care for Lennie, and has to make up for Lennie's mistakes. He also helps provide food and money for the both of them, and tries to protect Lennie and himself. He can be symbolized as a father or guardian.
George is a man seen as cruel, however he is truly a person who cares for others, especially Lennie. Lennie and George however are complete opposites, for George is a skinny, quite small man, with tan skin. He is fit and strong, as his defined features show his strength. George is fast on his feet, yet his face shows wear and restlessness, due to his time on the road and his life's misery. George has a face that shows his life's hardships, as his life has thrown poverty and loss towards him. Yet Lennie keeps George's spirits up. Though George may be quite ill tempered and lash out at his good friend Lennie, George still shows his kindness, in the way he cares for his friend, much like a parent. From Of Mice and Men, it states "Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders. The first man was small and quick, dark of face with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose" (Steinbeck 2).

Social Hierarchy
George is a transient ranch worker. He travels around looking for a place to work. He is right in the middle of the hierarchy -above the African American ranch workers but lower than the permanent workers. “You know how the hands are, they just come in and get their bunk and work a month, and they quit and go out alone” (Steinbeck 39). In can be inferred that people like George come in work a month and leave. This proves that he is not a permanent worker but a transient
ranch worker.

Dreams
Like many in the great depression, George wanted to live a life where he wouldn't have to constantly sleep in the dirt and have worries lingering in his head every night. The American dream was latched onto George, much like the many others who succumbed to its charms. The American Dream was simply an image of owning your own land, or property. It was a place where you can live your life in your own home, tend to your own farm, and consume your own crops. This dream was hard to achieve for poverty was not a surprising thing to see, meaning money for land, or money for anything would be hard to come by. George, however doesn't only want the American Dream, he wishes to share it with Lennie, as a home without the ones you care about most may not be a home at all. George only wishes to live a life with his friend, Lennie, in a place that they can call their own, and where they don't have to wander about, searching for a place to rest every night. George dreams of having a farm with Lennie, where they can raise their own animals and tend to their crops without a worry in their heads about how they may live. Of Mice and Men quotes, "O.K. someday-we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and-""An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted" (Steinbeck 15).
Physical Aspects
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