Freedom in of Mice and Men

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Theme: Freedom

In Of Mice and Men, freedom is not necessarily a central point of the novel. It is a subtle theme which is constantly being mentioned or related to. You have to read between the lines in order to understand how the character's speech links to the theme. George and Lennie:

Candy:
Candy is immediately drawn in by the dream in Section three of the book when he overheard George and Lennie talking about it. This is probably because the thought of freedom barely every came into his head and never really seemed a reality to him. However, George is immediately protective over the topic and clearly would not have discussed it if he knew/remembered that Candy was there. We know this is true because 'they both jumped' when they heard him speak. Candy also has a much worse future than the others due to him only having one hand and his old age.

Crooks:
Due to Crooks being a black man, his sense of isolation is much greater than that of the other ranch members as he is treated differently and lives in a separate area. He has a lack of freedom as wherever he goes he will not be accepted as a normal member of society. Plus the fact that he has a crooked back and is of a relatively old age will also hold him back.

Curley's Wife:
Curley's wife has got the extra problem of never being able to talk to anyone without seeming like a tramp. Still, she does resents her position, especially because she has notions about where she could have been and what she could have done. Just like the others, she had a dream of freedom (in the form of being a movie star). Though she admits that she likes their company, instead of trying to reach her goals, she satisfies herself by downgrading others.

Theme - Freedom
In Of Mice and Men, freedom is not necessarily a central point of the novel. It is a subtle theme which is constantly being mentioned or related to. You have to read between the lines in order to understand how the character's speech links to the theme....
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