Of Mice and Men

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George and Lennie's Farm Symbol Analysis

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The farm George and Lennie hope to own is a symbol of the American Dream. Like a mirage, the farm leads George, Lennie, and other ranchers like Candy and Crooks, to indulge in the dream of living "off the fatta the lan.'" George's elaborate description of the farm's abundant plants and animals also makes it seem like a symbol of paradise.
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George and Lennie's Farm Symbol Timeline in Of Mice and Men

The timeline below shows where the symbol George and Lennie's Farm appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...Lennie's urging, George describes their future. They'll save money until they can buy their own farm. George describes the farm right down to its rabbit hutches. Lennie can't contain his excitement... (full context)
Part 3
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George and Lennie stay behind, and soon begin talking about their farm. Having overheard George's description of the farm as a place where they can just "belong,"... (full context)
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As the other men return, George warns Lennie and Candy to keep the farm a secret. Candy whispers back that he should have shot his dog himself. (full context)
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...laughing at him, though Lennie was just smiling while thinking of tending rabbits on the farm. Curley starts punching Lennie, bloodying his face. Lennie only fights back when George tells him... (full context)
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...Curley gives in. Lennie asks George if he can still tend the rabbits on their farm. George says yes. (full context)
Part 4
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As they talk, Lennie forgets the farm is a secret and mentions it. Crooks thinks this just one of Lennie's fantasies. (full context)
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The conversation turns back to the farm. Crooks says all ranch hands dream about owning land, but nobody ever does, just like... (full context)
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Candy wanders in. When Crooks again says they'll never own a farm, Candy replies that they have a spot of land picked out and nearly all the... (full context)
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...tells her to leave. If she fires them, he says, they'll just buy their own farm. Curley's wife laughs at him. Crooks also demands she leave, but quiets when she curses... (full context)
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The other men return. When George discovers Lennie was talking about the farm, he gets angry. But Crooks says Curley's wife was right, and that he's no longer... (full context)
Part 5
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Lennie starts talking about the farm and rabbits, and explains that he likes to pet soft things. She says her hair... (full context)
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...realize that Curley will lynch Lennie. Candy then asks if the plan to buy the farm is now officially off. George says he never really thought it would happen, but Lennie... (full context)
Part 6
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Lennie then asks George to describe their farm. George does, and tells Lennie to take off his hat and to look out over... (full context)