for Lit class
What are the major themes in of mice and men?
-the role of social responsibility within a
communal group setting vs. within family
(i.e. their brotherhood)
(think of the the death of the dog and the death of Lennie)
-dreams as a use of hope, distraction, survival
- physical vs mental ability
how do both serve and hinder him?
(especially regarding soft things)
There are several themes in Of Mice of Men, but a few of the major ones would be loneliness, friendship, and dreams. George and Lennie are the biggest representation of friendship, but this can also be seen through the relationship that is developed with Candy, George and Lennie. George, Lennie, Crooks, and Curley's wife all represent loneliness in the book. Each of these character's experiences some degree of isolation. The theme of dreams is represented mainly by George and Lennie's dream of getting their own ranch, as well as Candy's dream to be a part of this. Curley's wife also represents this with her dream of being a famous actress. This is just a brief overview of some of the major themes.
There are mice,
there are men,
and East is East
and West is West,
and (n)ever the twain shall meet!
I found the major theme is that sometimes people in their unconditional love for others often smother their loved ones with out knowing it till it is too late. (Lenny squishing all the mice, the puppy, and Curley's wife.) The passive of this is George's love for Lenny being over protective and sheltering of Lenny because this allows Lenny to remain ignorant of the world and his own strength. Also, some people do not belong in this world because they are just mean and rotten (Curley).
There are many other possible themes; I'd love to hear what you think