English Symbolism of Mice and Men Essay

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Rabbits
The rabbits in this novel are very influencial and, even though they are never actually present in the book, are constantly mentioned and referred to. They symbolize independance and power. If Lennie were to have the rabbits on their own farm, he would become more independant than he is now. It would also mean he would gain power over something else, seeing as though he (and most of the characters) have little power over anything. But this dream never happens..... "O.K. Someday-- we're gonna ... have a little house and a couple of acres an'.. An' have rabbits." (Steinbeck 14)
Candy's Dog
Candy's dog in this novel was a great working dog and now his age has affected his productivity. This dog symbolizes lonliness and fate. Candy, being in the late stages of his life, cannot find a companion that understands him and his age. His dog, whose been with Candy since the beginning of the dog's life, have both walked the same path in their journey on this earth. But of course an animal is going to get old and become useless. When his dog is killed, Candy is alone. This is the same for Lennie and George's relationships.... "Well hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup ... You wouldn't think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen." (Steinbeck 44) "'I'm so used to him,' he said softly. ' I had him from a pup.'" (Steinbeck 45)
George and Lennie's Farm
The most influencial part of this novel is the dream that Lennie and George will…