Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men suggests that everybody wants to have
a home to call their own and friends to share it with. It is the American dream.
Everybody wants to someday have their own home, belongings, and be their own boss.
This book centers on the hope that someday Lenny and George will have their own
place, belongings, rabbits and farm, and be their own bosses.
When Lenny’s aunt dies, Lenny depends on George for everything. They do
everything together. They plan on buying their own piece of land, and building a home
with a farm on it. They come very close to building it when George has to make a major
decision. Lenny always asks George about the home they are going to buy. George
describes in intricate details every last piece of the land they are going to buy. They
look at the land as something that holds all of their hopes and dreams.
Lenny makes many mistakes, but George is always there to smooth things out.
George always wanted Lenny to have pride. He never wanted him to lose his dignity.
Lenny sometimes did things that seemed wrong, but he meant well. George usually
made them better. George tried to help Lenny become better, but in the end he could
not help him anymore. George did not want to jeopardize Lenny’s friendship, but could
not let him go on with his disability.
Whenever Lenny did something wrong, he told George that he would leave and
go live in the hills where he would not be able to hurt anything or anybody. He did not
care if he would be lonely, he just did not want to disappoint George. Lenny always
felt safe and secure with George. Whenever he got lonely, he could always ask
George about “the rabbits.” After hearing the story, he would feel happy again.
Of Mice and Men mainly deals with the dreams that two friends will be able to be
their own bosses, and they would be able to go to any parties or festivals. They would
not have to ask anybody for permission, they could just leave. It also deals with
Lenny’s disability. Lenny has some difficulties. When the other men at the farm find
out what Lenny has done, they want him to be killed. Even though everybody has
something against him, George stays his friend until the end. George knows that
Lenny does not do anything intentionally. He does not do anything out of hatred. He
just does not have control of his disability. George and Lenny stay friends until the
end. Lenny’s disability. Lenny has some difficulties. When the other men at the farm find
out what Lenny has done, they want him to be killed. Even though everybody has
something against him, George stays his friend until the end. George knows that
Lenny does not do anything intentionally. He does not do anything out of hatred. He
just does not have control of his disability. George and Lenny stay friends until the
end.