A tale of two men on a journey to find a home. They go through a lot together: they have a dream they must accomplish and are on their way to achieving that dream when they find some nice friends who don't take them for granted.
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Lennie and George, the two main characters from the book, Of Mice and Men, dream of a home all for themselves throughout the hardships of their lives. The two men start out traveling to their next job together. From the start of the book, you can tell Lennie is slow. To sum it up, Lenny has... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Lennie and George, the two main characters from the book, Of Mice and Men, dream of a home all for themselves throughout the hardships of their lives. The two men start out traveling to their next job together. From the start of the book, you can tell Lennie is slow. To sum it up, Lenny has the thought process of a child, if Lennie was to do something bad, something that George would not approve of, Lennie would try to hide his mistake. As field hands at a farm, Lennie and George meet men that shared their same dreams of owning their own land which in this book, symbolizes freedom and control of their own fates. George, being in charge of Lennie, tells Lenny what is right and what is wrong. One of these lessons taught by George is to not fight or kill unless it is necessary. Lennie is a very gentle, large man until he gets angry. One night, Lennie and Curly's wife were in the stable discussing what they wanted to do in the future when all of a sudden, Lennie being Lennie, wanted to feel Curly's wife's hair. She struggled against his touch and Lenny accidental broke her neck while trying to reduce her screams. Lennie's best friend, George untimely takes Lenny's life with a gun as well as their shared dreams of controlling fate.
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.”George
“The hell with rabbits.That's all you ever can remember is them rabbits. O.K.! Now you listen and this time you got to remember so we don't get in no trouble. You remember settin' in that gutter on Howard street and watchin' that blackboard?”George
“Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is”The Boss
“'Course he ain't mean. But he gets in trouble alla time because he's so God damn dumb.”George
“Never you mind. A guy got to sometimes”Slim
“All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house.”George Milton
“I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.”Candy
“If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk. Jus' nothing but mad. You're all scared of each other, that's what. Ever' one of you's scared the rest is goin' to get something on you.”
“A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin’, an’ he got nothing to tell him what’s so an’ what ain’t so. Maybe if he sees somethin’, he don’t know whether it’s right or not. He can’t turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. He can’t tell. He got nothing to measure by. I seen things out here. I wasn’t drunk. I don’t know if I was asleep. If some guy was with me, he could tell me I was asleep, an’ then it would be all right. But I jus’ don’t know.”Crooks speaks these words to Lennie in Section 4, on the night that Lennie visits Crooks in his room.
“"S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody - to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick."”Crooks
“A colored man got to have some rights even if he don't like 'em.”Crooks
“"What about the rabbits, George?"”Lennie
The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely.Highlighted by 430 Kindle customers
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re pound-in’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to.”Highlighted by 307 Kindle customers
“God, you’re a lot of trouble,” said George. “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl.”Highlighted by 272 Kindle customers
As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.Highlighted by 251 Kindle customers
His anger left him suddenly. He looked across the fire at Lennie’s anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.Highlighted by 221 Kindle customers
“With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.” Lennie broke in. “But not us! An’ why? Because . . . because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”Highlighted by 216 Kindle customers
A little stocky man stood in the open doorway. He wore blue jean trousers, a flannel shirt, a black, unbuttoned vest and a black coat. His thumbs were stuck in his belt, on each side of a square steel buckle. On his head was a soiled brown Stetson hat, and he wore high-heeled boots and spurs to prove he was not a laboring man.Highlighted by 204 Kindle customers
THE BUNKHOUSE WAS A LONG, rectangular building. Inside,Highlighted by 116 Kindle customers
Has some graphic violence but it's no worse than what teens watch on T.V. today, which may not be acceptable to all families with teens. Some parts might upset younger children and teens as it upset my teen daughters when they had to study it. This book was not originally written as a young adult novel, but like a number of other adult literary novels is commonly included in public high school English classes, usually during freshman/grade 9 year. Recommend pre-reading before giving to a sensitive young adult, particularly if you homeschool because you don't agree with public school standards.
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