LENNIE - “If you don’ want me I can go off in the hills an’ find a cave. I can go away any time.”
GEORGE - “No—look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me. Trouble with mice is you always kill ‘em.”
Considering the close friendship between Lennie and George, I think they are pretty much inseparable. Lennie causes a lot of trouble for George, like killing things easily because of his strength, but George never left Lennie to live by himself. I think George knows that without Lennie, he would be isolated and lonely. I think the relationship between Lennie and George can definitely make connections to problems in the real world. Dealing with loneliness and homelessness could become very difficult after a while. If you only have one friend that you can rely on, and you know that they will always be there for you, that one friend becomes your home. It would be very difficult to separate from that one friend, and move on by yourself. You can tell that in the book, Lennie has a mental disability, which causes him to act quite childish and immature at times. Lennie is the only person that George can be with, and George is the only person who understands Lennie. Without George by his side, Lennie would probably get into a lot of trouble. It is definitely important to always have someone by your side. In real life, being isolated can definitely lead to many problems in the future, affecting your health. George knew that Lennie would not be able to live by himself. I think he knew that without Lennie, he would face many problems in the future himself. He needed someone to be with at all times. There are many other quotes dealing with isolation and loneliness in Of Mice and Men, like “A guy needs somebody-to be near him.” “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody.” What George said is true. In the real world, dealing with loneliness can cause many psychological problems after a while. Being alone can make you feel empty, and it can lead to depression. This book really shows you just how lonely some of the characters are. It really focuses on the lives of these characters, and the book really made me think about what it would be like to live a life like theirs.
---Journal Entry #2---
GEORGE - “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.”
Both Lennie and George had a big dream of achieving enough money in order to be able to buy their own land. They envision having their own house, raising livestock, and building a smokehouse. They had the perfect plan for what they wanted their future to be. Every time they talk about it, they make it sound like as if they knew it was going to happen. This can connect to real life situations, because dreams definitely can come true. Almost everyone has a goal set for themselves. It is just like when you want to have a certain job or profession when you get older. Making sure that you get a good job means you would be able to live much better than what you would if you had a bad job. Without setting a goal for your future, you’ll never know where you might end up. I think if you try hard to achieve your goal, the better the chances are that you’ll get there. When you have a goal or a dream, you’ll be motivated to work for it. You will never get there if you don’t try. Listing all the reasons why you won’t be able to achieve your dreams will make you defeat yourself before you even get started. Even if you don’t get there, all the effort that you put into it will still pay off at the end. Lennie and George had a great...