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The same gun is used in the same manner to kill two beings a smelly old dog and a man named Lennie in the novel Of Mice And Men This story deals with love and death while displaying an everyday scenario about friends and isolation The symbols in this book represent the basic elements of human love Some of the characters in this novel such as Lennie Crooks and Curleys wife epitomize loneliness Lennie bearing his retardation has trouble fitting in with the current workers at the ranch Even though all the ranch hands praise Lennie for his hard work they leave him out of nightly activities such as horseshoes George Lennies traveling buddy is smart and fits right in with all of the employees of the ranch adding to Lennies isolation The black stable hand Crooks sleeps alone in a tiny room in the stable and is disliked by everyone except for Lennie Since he is black segregation is the ultimate reason why no one tries to like or befriend Crooks Lennie who as an innocent person has no bigotry in him visits Crooks one night when everyone else is in town Even thought Crooks does not show it he enjoys Lennies company and it seems that he and Lennie form a small friendship that would had developed more has the book been longer Another soul not included with the ranch clique Curleys wife whose name is not mentioned in the book is new to the ranch as well She married Curley just weeks before Lennie and George arrived The ranch hands do not accept this lonely soul into their social group because she is new However the ranch hands also do not accept Curleys wife because she obviously is so lonely that the only way she can get attention is by flirting The only one who does not dismiss her when she flirts is Lennie who is obviously trying to make a
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