Of Mice and Men Notes

Of Mice and Men
George killing Lennie- He does it out of love and friendship it’s the most humane thing for him to do or else Lennie would either be lynched or slowly die in a mental institute.
"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." (chapter 1, George)
The above quote is a premise for George's -and Lennie's- desire for a place to belong. It is followed up by this next quote, which describes the details of their ideal world:
"All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house."(chapter 1, George)
Curley’s wife has “The eye”
Page 81-85 Lennie kills the puppy
Page 61 curly regrets not shooting his dog.
Page 15 Plan to return to the brush.
Page 30 George warns Lennie about Curley
Page 39 George’s opinion of himself
Page 33 Description of Slim
The strong characters in this environment attack the weak and the weak attack the weaker. An example of the strong against the weak is when Carlson compels Candy, "I'll put the old devil out of his misery right now," (p.47) to let him shoot his dog. An example of the weak attacking the weaker is when Crooks teases Lennie, "jus' s'pose he don't come back," (p.72) Lennie is the weakest because of his mental disability and his lack of thinking for himself. He would either run away or be eliminated through death. Candy and his dog mirror the image of George and Lennie. Candy being...