The American Dream
George and Lennie are different from the other ranchers because they travel together and everyone else travels alone
My initial impression of these characters was that one was big and dumb and the other is small and smart.
It represents the dream they are after or their goal.
“With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody that gives a damn about us.” - George
“The bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted.”
The bunkhouse was an old and simple building with wood floors and bunks on every wall. This is very different from the first chapter where they were outside and didn't have anywhere to sleep. This suggests that life on the ranch is at least better than life on the road.
“I hate that kinda bastard… I seen plenty of ‘em. Like the old guy says, Curley don’t take no chances. He always win.” - George