In sharing his vision of what it means to be human, Steinbeck touches on several themes: the nature of dreams, the nature of loneliness, man's propensity for cruelty, powerlessness and economic injustices, and the uncertainty of the future.
Nature of Dreams In essence, is as much a story about the nature of human dreams and aspirations and the forces that work against them as it is the story of two men.
Each desires the comfort of a friend, but will settle for the attentive ear of a stranger.
Curley’s wife admits to Candy, Crooks, and Lennie that she is unhappily married, and Crooks tells Lennie that life is no good without a companion to turn to in times of confusion and need.
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.
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Themes, Motifs & Symbols Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.
To George, this dream of having their own place means independence, security, being their own boss, and, most importantly, being "somebody." To Lennie, the dream is like the soft animals he pets: It means security, the responsibility of tending to the rabbits, and a sanctuary where he won't have to be afraid.
To Candy, who sees the farm as a place where he can assert a responsibility he didn't take when he let Carlson kill his dog, it offers security for old age and a home where he will fit in.