Although they play horseshoes and go to the cathouse, they are ignorant as to each others emotions and true selves.
, is one solidified by the pursuit of a common goal: the American Dream. have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs . .” However, despite this fellowship, there is an underlying mood in John Steinbeck’s that reflects the inevitable coming of a gruesome fate for its two protagonists.
Their contrasting personalities are united by the mere notion that one day, they will, as George illustrates: “get the jack together and . From the moment George and Lennie are run out of Weed in the opening of the story, to the tragic climax in which George must shoot his best friend, the cards are stacked against them.
These two cannot dream on their own because they have no one to share their ideas and plans with, but when they are offered the chance of a real family that could share a dream with them, they open up, and become sympathetic, and even hopeful.
Without this idea of comradery, they cannot understand, and therefore chose to prey on, each other.
These incidents in which people change their personality due to loneliness might be expected to happen to George once he moves on after Lennie’s death.
The end of the novella sees George walking away from Lennie’s body alongside Slim.The only possible person that she can threaten, is Crooks, because he is black and physically disabled.The hostile behaviors of each member of this broken community, implies that there is no genuine bonding between them.Some would argue that this action of moving on with another companion foreshadows a new dream for George, but this is not true.George’s dream is one founded on his relationship with one person: an irreplaceable friend.Crooks is also reduced to a mean and cruel state by his isolation.He questions the validity of George and Lennie’s dream, while Lennie is alone, proposing an idea to Lennie that he had never considered.Curley’s wife also had a future to look forward to once.One evening, she describes the glamorous life she might have had to Lennie: “[I] Coulda been in the movies, and’ had nice clothes- all them nice clothes like they wear.He says, “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other” (35).Steinbeck uses Slim to restate his belief that the world is hostile, and that is what keeps people, specifically George and Lennie, away from their dream.