Up until the instant he shoots Lennie, George is telling him about the farm they'll have one day.
In this moment, George knows that Lennie will never see the farm, but still uses the dream to keep Lennie calm; Lennie, on the other hand, truly believes that he will one day be tending rabbits on the farm that George describes.
This moment perfectly symbolizes the conflict between George's skepticism of the dream and Lennie's innocent hopes about the dream, as well as the violent power of the former over the latter.
's hardscrabble world, and one of the most important themes is the uneasy relationship between strength and weakness.
Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head. I see hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads. They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head. He said insultingly, "She said--she was lookin' for you."Curley seemed really to see George for the first time. "I didn't watch her go."Curley scowled at him, and turning, hurried out the door. Then gradually time awakened again and moved sluggishly on. They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. He can't turn to some other guy and ast him if he sees it too. And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face.
KNOWING A MAN WELL NEVER LEADS TO HATE and nearly always leads to love. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. 'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head and her lips were parted This is just a nigger talkin', an' a busted-back nigger. The thing is, they're talkin', or they're settin' still not talkin'. See full summary » In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany.Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the...Hearing George describe the imaginary farm comforts and reassures Lennie.The farm plan is supposed to be a secret, but Lennie accidentally lets it slip during a conversation with Crooks. He tells Lennie that people are always making big statements about getting land or going to heaven, but that "[n]obody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. A water snake glided smoothly up the pool, twisting its periscope head from side to side; and it swam the length of the pool and came to the legs of a motionless heron that stood in the shadows. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody never gets no land. Lennie rolled off the bunk and stood up, and the two of them started for the door. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin' books or thinkin' or stuff like that. 'Course Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin' around with a guy an' you can't get rid of him. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go.Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 ...See full summary » A TV adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel. Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones. "George stood still, watching the angry little man. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. Maybe if he sees somethin', he don't know whether it's right or not. Curley's wife lay with a half-covering of yellow hay. A silent head and beak lanced down and plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed the little snake while its tail waved frantically. Just as they reached it, Curley bounced in."You seen a girl around here? George said coldly, "'Bout half an hour ago maybe.""Well, what the hell was she doin'? As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. Sometimes he gets thinkin', an' he got nothing to tell him what's so an' what ain't so.