Steinbeck invites the reader to recall several additional associations in order to piece together the tragic resolution to come. This prompts Curley's wife to ask him why he likes rabbits so much. The next day, Lennie is in the barn with a dead puppy. Proud, bitter, and cynical, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. It set the theme of friendship, intolerance of the society, lost hope and euthanasia.
Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden. He gets anxious in stressful situations, causing him to lose control. Whipper repeated this role in the 1939 film version. Curley was the most furious to find his wife dead and went to kill Lennie with the rest of the ranch guys. This showed that even though the society tended to cover up killing things as if they did it for mercy.
When he shot him, Lennie was visualizing their paradise in front of him, so he basically died facing paradise. Therefore, the dog was shot for selfish reasons. The underlying, yet stunningly obvious, theme of loneliness can be found in many characters with many examples. Lennie was a clear danger to himself and if he stayed alive and he was a bit weird. Lennie wants to hear the story of their farm again, and George retells the dream. He breaks off the fight only when he is ordered to do so by George, similarly to the way a master would issue commands to his dog. George Milton, his friend who he travels and finds work with, tells him, 'Trouble with mice is you always kill 'em….
Whenever he does wrong, he always thinks, 'George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits now. He grabs a hold of her hair and muffles her screams. The major irony in the book Of Mice and Men is that George killed Lennie because he loved and cared for him. He is strong and bulky, which makes him great at his job. Therefore one might argue that by killing Lennie, George also sacrificed himself. We recall George's order from the beginning of the book - that if any trouble goes down, Lennie is to hide in the bushes near their original campsite. Lennie tries to stop her yelling and eventually, and accidentally, kills her by breaking her neck.
Candy is lonely after his dog is gone. Although George is morally wrong, he shot Lennie because he cared about him, and to save him from a society that misunderstood him. He pets it for a while and she tells him to stop but he won't. Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. George misleads Slim, telling him that Lennie has probably gone south.
GradeSaver, 30 November 2008 Web. She is clearly starved for conversation and launches into a reprise of her discontented story of what might have been. George expresses the hope that maybe Lennie will just be locked up and still be treated well, but Candy tells him that Curley is sure to have Lennie lynched. What were the similarities between them? This made him feel deserted after the killing. He tries to cover it up with the hay, thinking of telling George he found it dead, but then realizes his plan will not work and throws the dead puppy in anger. Unlike most main characters in novels, who develop and grow over the course of the story, Lennie is a static character. When he is stro … king her hair, she tells him to let go, but he panics and instead of doing so holds on.
It's quite a fitting structure for the death of a would-be actress. Candy is lonely and his dog keeps him company. Confused and then terrified, he covers her with hay. Many of the bans and restrictions have been lifted and it remains required reading in many other American, Australian, Irish, British, New Zealand and Canadian high schools. The two sit together and George retells the beloved story of the dream, knowing it is something they'll never share.
Since they cannot do so, the real danger of Lennie's mental handicap comes to the fore. He was rejected by the society because he had a broken hand and this made him weak and useless to it. Candy warns that Curley will lynch Lennie if they don't let him get away. Susan Shillinglaw January 18, 2004. Like candy said 'I shouldn't of let no stranger kill my dog, I should of done it myself'.