The mice in Of Mice and Men I think resemble how fragile life is. Lennie kept killing the ones his Aunt kept giving him, because they were so small and so fragile. “Lady, huh? Don’t even remember who that lady was. That was your own Aunt Clara. An’ she stopped givin’ ‘em to ya. You always killed ‘em.” Page 5.
I think this picture fits the theme of Of Mice and Men perfectly. Through out the book George and Lennie talk about getting themselves a stake and getting their own place with rabbits. (Their American Dream) Lennie tries so hard not to mess things up and tries not to at any cost, only to screw it up anyway, which ruins their plan to get their own place. “An’ live off the fatta the lan’,” Lennie shouted. “An’ have rabbits. Go on, George!" Page 7.
Throughout the book Of Mice and Men, rabbits are a common topic of interest for Lennie. Which is why I think the rabbits in the book symbolize George. Lennie is constantly talking about rabbits, and he is also amazed by whatever George tells him. Whether it's negative or not. (He admires the rabbits and he admires George.) “Tend rabbits,” it said scornfully. “You crazy bastard. You ain’t fit to lick the boots of no rabbit. You’d forget ‘em and let ‘em go hungry. That’s what you’d do." Page…
This is a picture of what life was like in the Great Depression. In this photo it shows two men looking for work. It also shows that there were many people unemployed during the Great Depression. Just like in Of Mice and Men, these two gentlemen are in search of something more. In this aspect they are a lot like George and Lennie. “With us it ain’t like that. We got a future... We don’t have to sit-in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go." Page 7.
The character Carlson from Of Mice and Men is a large man who works on the ranch with George and Lennie. Carlson seems like a very loud and funny man to me. "A powerful, big-stomached man came into the bunk house." On page 17, and also "He ain’t very small.” He chuckled softly at his joke. “Ain’t small at all,” Also on page 17.
The dog in Of Mice and Men I think foreshadowed what was going to happen to Lennie later in the story. After the dog had been killed, Candy kept saying, “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” On page 30. Which I think is why George shot Lennie himself and didn't let anyone else do it.
This photo from the great depression reminds me of George and Lennie, when they were walking to their new job after they got off of the bus. I imagine them carrying all of their luggage down a gravel path such as this one when I read it. Also, the height difference matches it as well. On page 2 it says, ¨Every part of him was defined; small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose.¨ This describes the appearance of George.
The living conditions in the bunkhouse for George and Lennie were less than ideal. It was a long building with a small stove, and several bunks along the sides. For shelving they had apple crates and a small table in the center of the room for playing cards. I imagine it got cold in there during winter due to the quality of the bunkhouse. "Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted... and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch."
George, Lennie, and the rest of the character's living conditions in the bunkhouse weren't the best. They had a stove, a table to play cards at, and several bunks for them to sleep on. I imagine that the bunkhouse got very cold in the winter, even with the stove in it. "The bunk house was a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted. In three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch." Page 9.
When I imagine Crooks this is almost exactly what I picture. I picture a skinny African American man who's kind of cautious and tries to act like he's angry all the time so that everyone will just leave him be. "The door opened quietly and the stable buck put in his head; a lean negro head, lined with pain, the eyes patient." Page 24.
When I imagine Curley from Of Mice and Men I obviously imagine a man with curly hair. Also, I see Curley as a brat, and this picture shows that. "...a thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes and a head of tightly curled hair." Page 12.
Many times in the book, Lennie is compared to a bear because of his height, size, and the way he walks. But, the bear also symbolizes how powerful Lennie can be. He doesn't realize how powerful he is, which is why he ends up hurting things. "Lennie was in a panic. His face was contorted. She screamed then, and Lennie’s other hand closed over her mouth and nose. “Please don’t,” he begged. “Oh! Please don’t do that. George’ll be mad.”" Page 44.
This in my mind would be what George and Lennie's dream farm would've looked like. I feel like they may have had a shot at making their dream a reality, just because they were so determined to do it. But, at the same time, even if they did make it a reality, would they have enough money to keep it? "...we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens." On page 7, they talk about what they want to have but not how it's going to work.
The Grapes of Wrath, another book by John Steinbeck, and also set in the Depression era, is about a family living in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl who get forced from their home. They head for California in search of a brighter future, jobs, and land. It focuses on a cooperative dream rather than an individualized dream.