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What are the key themes in Of Mice and Men?

I would say the key themes are: •Dreams- the 'American Dream' is a key link to the dreams of the characters in the novella. Curley's Wife dreams of being a film star and George and Lennie's dream that is referenced till the very end. •Loneliness- the name of the town is 'Soledad' which means solitude, so that really sets loneliness as a theme. Throughout this novella you will notice that most of the characters are lonely (some more than others), void the obvious main two (Lennie and George). •Companionship- Lennie and George are what will come to mind first as there is no other companionship like theirs or any compassionate ones. Void Slim- the other characters on the ranch struggle to understand why the two stay together. [SPOILER] but if you have completed the novella you will know it ends with no companionship and everyone ends up alone- due to Lennie's death. Hope this was of some help! :)

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Friendship too?

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The overarching theme of the novella is Prejudice. This theme covers racial prejudice, gender prejudice and prejudice against those living with disabilities. Steinbeck effectively explores these themes through his use of the characters; with the treatment of Crooks reflecting the treatment of a black person at that time, the role Curley’s Wife plays within the narrative exploring the treatment of women within this context and the character of Candy reflecting the experience of someone with a physical disability. All of these characters can be seen as outsiders within the novella and also help to highlight the theme of Loneliness. This theme is contrasted with the friendship between George and Lenny. Whilst Lenny is also considered an outsider, his friendship with George allows him to overcome any potential loneliness and have faith that he may achieve his dreams. The theme of Dreams can also be seen through each of these characters and additionally explores the American Dream and its prominence within this context.

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