Of Mice And Men: Four Major Themes

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Of Mice and Men: Four Major Themes

"Of Mice and Men", by John Steinbeck, is composed of four major themes.
These themes are the value of dreams and goals, moral responsibility, social injustice, and the bond of friendship and loyalty.

The value of dreams and goals are that they provide hope and the desire to keep going in life, rather than laying down to die. When Lennie is feeling depressed in the woods he asks George to tell him about the "dream farm" again.
This is the farm that Geore and Lennie hope to own someday. Even though this dream seems almost impossible at the time it still generates enough hope to keep Lennie and George going. When George starts talking bout it Lennie gets all excited and happy and so does George. Another example of the power of dreams is when Candy over hears George and Lennie's "dream farm" and becomes a part of the dream. Candy goes from a depressed sad additude to a cheerful excited one. He now has hope of doing something and it came from the "dream farm". A final example of the value of dreams and goals is when Crooks hears of the farm. Crooks is a lonely black man who has no future, but when he starts to think of how he can be a part of the dream he also gets happy and excited, until his dream is crushed.

Many people of good character have to honor certin moral responibilites.
George is bond by his own moral to take care care of Lennie. No one makes him do it, he just does it because it feel like the right thing to do. Candy felt like he neglected his moral responibility to shoot his own dog. Candy felt real bad inside because it was his job to shoot his dog but instead Carlson shot him. This shows that when a person goes against what is moraly right to them , they hate themselves for it. At the end of the story George is forced, out of moral, to shoot Lennie. It was the right thing to do, and even though it almost killed George inside to kill his best friend, he still did it.

Social injustice is when a person or a goup of people feel they are better than people who are different by race, inteligence, age, sex, or other differences. Curley is rude and mean toward Lennie for the sole reason that
Lennie is a big guy. Curely dosn't like big guys so he singles out Lennie and
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