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What are the key themes in Of Mice and Men?

Hi tom, One main theme that is portrayed throughout the text of 'Of Mice and Men' is dreams. This theme is introduced within the first part of the text through the hope of the two main characters, George and Lennie who long to own a farm of their own one day. This key theme is introduced from the start, yet is referenced throughout the text where the introduction of Candy, reinstalls this theme and helps to create a sense of the dream or even this idea of the American Dream, perhaps actually being achieved. Other key themes may include loneliness or even friendship... try and see if you can find these themes throughout the text, including specific quotations which may help you analyse the text in depth!

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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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