John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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First Entry: Page 15 “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.” Before George and Lennie got to the Ranch they stop and camp out in a clearing. In this passage, George explains their relationship. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck honors male friendships, suggesting that they are the most adequate way to overcome the loneliness that infiltrates the world. George relates that…show more content…
Second Entry: Page 60-61 (Paragraph 5) “S’pose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, or any damn thing.” Old Candy nodded in appreciation of the idea. “We’d just go to her,” George said. “We wouldn’t ask nobody if we could. Jus’ say, ‘We’ll go to her,’ an’ we would. Jus’ milk the cow and sling some grain to the chickens an’ go to her.” In this portion of the novel, George describes their idea of the farm to Candy. At first, when Candy overhears George and Lennie discussing the farm they intend to buy, George is defensive, telling the old man to mind his own business. However, as soon as Candy offers up his life savings for a payment George is quick to retract. The farm is the incentive that keeps the men going. Life is hard for the men on the ranch, but George, Lennie, and now Candy continue on because they believe that one day they will own their own place. The idea of this dream rests in the freedom it signifies, its escape from the strenuous work and strong will of others. It provides comfort from psychological and even physical turmoil, most evidently for Lennie. Under their current circumstances, the men must work to please the boss or his son, Curley, but they dream of a time when their work will be easy and supervised themselves. George’s words describe a typical American dream of independence and the ability to
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