Each desires the comfort of a friend, but will settle for the attentive ear of a stranger.
Curley’s wife admits to Candy, Crooks, and Lennie that she is unhappily married, and Crooks tells Lennie that life is no good without a companion to turn to in times of confusion and need.
Drawing on the biblical story of the Fall in which Adam and Eve sin in the Garden of Eden, Of Mice and Men argues that the social and economic world in which its characters live is fundamentally flawed.
The novella opens by an Eden-like pool that is presented as a natural paradise.
Curley’s wife, for instance, has resigned herself to an unfulfilling marriage.
What makes all of these dreams typically American is that the dreamers wish for untarnished happiness, for the freedom to follow their own desires.People visit, but they do not own the land and they share its resources amongst themselves, like the giant sycamore whose low branch is “worn smooth by men who have sat on it.” The purity of this world in the opening scene proves to be unsustainable as the story continues.On the ranch, George and Lennie hold on to their idyllic dream of shared farm ownership, and this dream is compared to paradise when Crooks scoffs: “Just like heaven.I emailed it to my teacher and she said it was a high A* Although life in the 1930s was very much about looking out for your own back, John Steinbeck presents friendships as being necessary.He shows how these friendships can be desperate and hard to keep fruitful due to circumstance, and ultimately displays how they can crumble away.[Lovely introduction.Crooks, bitter as he is, allows himself the pleasant fantasy of hoeing a patch of garden on Lennie’s farm one day, and Candy latches on desperately to George’s vision of owning a couple of acres.Before the action of the story begins, circumstances have robbed most of the characters of these wishes.Having just admitted his own vulnerabilities—he is a black man with a crooked back who longs for companionship—Crooks zeroes in on Lennie’s own weaknesses.In scenes such as this one, Steinbeck records a profound human truth: oppression does not come only from the hands of the strong or the powerful.George and Lennie’s dream of owning a farm, which would enable them to sustain themselves, and, most important, offer them protection from an inhospitable world, represents a prototypically American ideal.Their journey, which awakens George to the impossibility of this dream, sadly proves that the bitter Crooks is right: such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be found in this world.