After hearing a description of only a few sentences, Candy is completely drawn in by its magic.
Crooks seems at his strongest when he has nearly reduced Lennie to tears for fear that something bad has happened to George, just as Curley’s wife feels most powerful when she threatens to have Crooks lynched.
The novella suggests that the most visible kind of strength—that used to oppress others—is itself born of weakness.
Fraternity and the Idealized Male Friendship One of the reasons that the tragic end of George and Lennie’s friendship has such a profound impact is that one senses that the friends have, by the end of the novella, lost a dream larger than themselves.
The farm on which George and Lennie plan to live—a place that no one ever reaches—has a magnetic quality, as Crooks points out.
For Lennie, the dream of the farm parallels that security.
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The Predatory Nature of Human Existence Of Mice and Men teaches a grim lesson about the nature of human existence.
Nearly all of the characters, including George, Lennie, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife, admit, at one time or another, to having a profound sense of loneliness and isolation.
George and Lennie's dream — to own a little farm of their own — is so central to that it appears in some form in five of the six chapters.
In fact, the telling of the story, which George has done so often, becomes a ritual between the two men: George provides the narrative, and Lennie, who has difficulty remembering even simple instructions, picks up the refrain by finishing George's sentences.