Of Mice & Men By. Briana, Emori & Aniyah

The AmericAN Dream

George and Lennie travel together and are planning on getting some money to pursue a farm, they do not plan on working in the bunkhouse forever.

On the left is Lennie and on the right is George, they are completely different from each other Lennie is a big guy but is also curious and a little "off" mentally, George is a semi small person who is smart but also demanding. Their American Dream is to live on a farm and be able to do whatever they want and not have to work for anyone else.. "Someday we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs" " we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work."
The Bunkhouse

The Bunkhouse was a place of work for George and Lennie they planned to stay here for a while to gain money and then leave to buy the farm. This setting is different from where they were in the beginning of the story. They were walking outside by mountains and grassy fields by rivers and sand banks. Life on the ranch would be better than living outside. They're making money and have a place to lay their head instead of on the sand by a fire.

The bunkhouse wasn't the nicest and most luxurious place to stay but it was all they had. It was old and small with 8 bunks. The bunkhouse was wooden with ashy walls and painted floors. The boys were kind of skeptical about the place because of the way things were set up and the way their bed was made of straw. "What the hell kind of bed you giving us, anyways? We dont want no pants rabbits." George wouldn't have been able to get the job if his boss thought Lennie's mental condition would be a problem to others. George decides to lie and tell him that Lennie is his cousin and that they left Weed because their job was done.
Conflict

Curley picks on Lennie the most because he is jealous of his size. Curley thought Lennie was laughing at him but Lennie was laughing at something completely different. This is what triggered the fight.

George tells Lennie to stay away from Curley because he is nothing but trouble. Curley is somewhat a threat to George and Lennie. He is mean and he's the bosses son so he thinks he can run everybody.
Crooks is an African American worker at the ranch that tends the horses. He represents loneliness because he is treated different from the others and lives in a room by himself. He isn't welcome in the bunkhouse because of his skin color. "S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go in the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black." "I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick." These quote from Crooks reveal that he doesn't like being by himself in a room and he wishes he could have someone with him. Crooks could live with George and Lennie at the farm so that Crooks doesn't have to be lonely in a room by himself.
Candy is a lonely guy in the story. After he lost his hand he could no longer work like the other men so he had to become a swamper. The only thing Candy had was his dog. "You wouldn't think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen." After Carlson shot his dog Candy had no motivation to go on. This forces him to talk to Lennie and George so that he won't be lonely. If George and Lennie let him live at the farm with them this could help him overcome his loneliness.

Credits:

Created with images by Edmund Garman - "Grassy Hill" • Artistic-touches - "Farming"

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