As harvests failed year after year thanks to a poorly-timed drought, more landowners migrated in search of work.They sought refuge in California, looking to soothe their disappointment at losing their mortgages and independence with meaningful paid work far from their homes, their families, and their dreams.
captures the feelings of an entire nation in six brief chapters that take place over four days on a ranch in California.
The trials of George and Lennie, and those of their fellow ranch hands, represent the difficulties many American farmers faced after losing their land and livelihoods to the economic downturn of the Great Depression.
Sometimes, George seems sceptical, saying they will have ‘every colour rabbits’ including ‘red and blue’.
He is patronising to Lennie, saying ‘good boy’, keeping him safe from his own stupidity.
Lennie, simple-minded and sweet, unwantedly held onto a girl’s soft dress, subsequently frightening her.
On the lam, George and Lennie make their way to Soledad.
In these scenes the dream seems more of a spell or placebo to keep the main characters safe than something that is really possible. The reader is made to question how realistic these dreams are.
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Only some laborers, like George and Lennie, were lucky enough to find paid work; others wandered endlessly, only to be turned away by farmers possessive of their own efforts and resources that enabled them to survive thus far.
In the beginning of the novella, George Milton and Lennie Small are hastily leaving a farm in Weed to evade the allegations of rape against Lennie.