The book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a well written, world famous book that has been filmed, dramatized and quoted uncountable times since it was first published in 1937. What makes this book on about a hundred pages such a wanted piece of work?
Well, Steinbeck has infiltrated every little page in the book with tons of underlying symbols, foreshadowing’s and artistic effects that makes it possible to analyse and mediate on the book for ages after one has first read it. Dialogues between the characters are one important part of the understanding of the themes in this book. The quotations and speeches that we can read during the whole novelette can actually make one story itself.
Certain quotes in the book points out and underline the main themes in Of Mice and Men. Loneliness and hopes for a better life can throughout the whole book serve as very significant themes. George says once, after one incident where Lennie asks for ketchup, which they don’t have; “Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want.
Go a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want” (6) First of all this quote are our first impression of their longing for things they cant have. It is some sort of a foreshadowing of the later coming dream of theirs that ends with tragedy. We could all see that the dream was too far out of reach like the ketchup.
Second, the quote shows us in one ironic way that these guys are lonely without each other. Though George threatens to leave Lennie for himself, they both know that in the end he would not have so much a better life all by himself. Their companionships is a contrast to all the other characters in the book, and also a contrast to the theme loneliness which actually strengthens the theme.
“Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes – all of them nice clothes like they wear.” (44) Curley´s wife is the only woman on the farm, and she is definitely lonely. She goes around on the farm mostly to herself, and she is clearly affected by the lack of attention. She is, as we understand not pleased with her existence on the farm.
The quotation is a sign that she once, or even still has bigger dreams for her own life. She obviously dreams about being in the movies, being a celebrity and enjoying the benefits and luxury that come with.
The clothes symbolize her dream, of which is a longing for attention. As with all the other dreams in this book, they all include a better life, and they never seem to come to life. Steinbeck probably intended to point out that the American dream will never become more than a dream for most people. As for Curely´s wife’s sake she happened to actually die when she got the one thing she wanted most, attention.