IRJE May 1st


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck demonstrates the importance of human connection and friendship using the two protagonists, Lennie and George. Of Mice and Men is a story of two ranch workers traveling around California looking for work in the 1930s, which was the time of the great depression in America. Though they faced great financial difficulty Lennie and George still often spoke of a dream for their future. This quotation is them talking of that dream and sharing it with their new friend Candy. It is the first time they realize this dream they use to speak of like a fairytale, could come true. Candy then offers to join willing to pay his part making this a possibility.

Lennie watched him with wide eyes, and old Candy watched him too. Lennie said softly, “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.”

“Sure,” said George. “All kin’s a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We’d jus’ live there. We’d belong there. There wouldn’t be no more runnin’ round the country and gettin’ fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we’d have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunt house.” (p. 57,58).

The value of owning land is stressed. Lennie and George would be given freedom and self-sufficiency if they owned their own farm. This long sought after freedom becomes something not so out of reach when their new friend says he would be willing to help them pay. This quick and quiet conversation between the three men inspires hope for the future despite the current troubles.


2 thoughts on “IRJE May 1st”

  1. Kaelin, you do a good job of setting up the quotation and commenting on it in a way that captures something essential about the story. To improve: Have a look at Error 61 in the Marking Key and follow the link to Appendix XIII, “How to Use Commas.” It’s long, so don’t try to read the whole thing in one go.

  2. Hey Kaelin! I love this IRJE! I read Of Mice and Men last year, and this passage that you chose really resonated with me. Lennie and George want this dream to come true so badly, and because of their characters, it makes the reader want it to come true too. You did an excellent job explaining the novel and your opinions on it. Great job : )


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