George His Friend Work

I think this is one of John Steinbeck’s best stories and it gives a lot to write about. In the book, written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men two men have a dream to own land and work on a ranch to try to achieve it but, fail.In the 1930’s Lennie a mentally handicapped adult and George his friend work on a ranch to be able to pay for their dream.Ultimately the dream fails after a series of tragic events.

Lennie and George have to constantly move because Lennie gets into trouble and George has to get him out of it.Lennie said "Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.” That's why they have to stay together.On their journey Lennie is on a killing streak first a mouse, then his dog, and finally the bosses son Curley's wife.He does not do it intentionally though because he only has the mind of a kid.He accidentally kills the mouse by petting it too hard. He kills the dog by restraining it too hard after it bit him. Then he kills Curley's wife by trying to stop her from yelling and breaks her neck.He runs away to the spot him and George had dinner and George goes after him.George shoots him to prevent him from being lynched by the other guys.

The one question running through my mind is what could have happened or what could George have done instead of killing him.After George killed Lennie Slim said “Never you mind, a guy got to sometimes.”But I think there was a lot of points where he could have done something different but I think only one way would have made the biggest impact on the climax.I think he should have told Candy to go get his money then run off with him and Lennie.Then use Candy’s money to pay for the first part of the house and go to a different ranch to work for the rest.Perhaps it would have worked out.

A counterclaim to my thought that George could have done something differently could be that he couldn't do anything at all.The events of this book were going to play out the same way anyways.I think that is very possible but it is more likely that the events of this story could be altered in a way that could make for a better ending.Once he got Lennie of that ranch and took him to the piece of land they were planning on getting he would not have to worry about Lennie killing anything or anyone. A counterclaim to my counterclaim of this counterclaim could be that Lennie would still end up continuing his killing streak towards the rabbits or maybe Candy. But that would not happen because Lennie already knows Candy and would not feel threatened. That clears up the counterclaim spiral that could be discussed.

There are many themes for this book but two really stand out to me. Those two are the American Dream and Innocence. The first theme is the American dream which is "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." George and Lennie’s dream of owning a farm and living off the "fatta the lan" represents this dream. One quote from the book shows this, “Everybody wants a little bit of land, not much. Jus’ som’thin’ that was his. Som’thin’ he could live on and there couldn’t nobody throw him off of it.” George and Lennie's dream is significant because of the hope it inspires in those around them. It isn't just their dream.... it's the dream of everyone who longs for a home, and a place where they belong.