Topics in Mice And Men

- Mans' desire to
avoid loneliness
- George recognizes that Lenny continually gets him in
trouble; however he is most nervous of loneliness. His
life would be so easy without Lenny, but also very
- Curly’s wife despite the constant flirtation,
also is fearful of living the rest of her life as
a lonely woman surrounded by the world of
- Candy lives in perpetual fear of outliving his usefulness
on the ranch. This is exhibited by his desire to keep his
dog alive, despite the fact that the dog is old and
serves no purpose.
- The timeframe of the novel,
captures gender, racial, and mental
- During the novel George does not hide his
displeasure with Lenny's lack of mental capacity;
this could reflect the misunderstanding of mental
issues during the 1930s.
- The plight of segregation is also displayed through
the character Crooks. Crooks is not permitted in the
bunk house and is confined to the stable because of
the color of his skin.
American Dream
- The American Dream, despite the best
efforts, sometimes fail to come to
- Throughout the novel George and Lenny dream of owning their own
farm, so they do not have to be in constant search of work. This
hope at a better life is the fabric of American society, and although
sometimes plans can be great, life, nature sometimes has other