Alex Duell In the text of “Mice and Men” one of the central ideas was the need for friendships, and how they will do anything to have the comfort of a friend. This is evident when Curley’s wife tells Candy, Crooks, and Lennie that she’s not happy with her marriage, and Crooks tells Lennie that life is not good without someone to turn to in times of confusion and need. They are all engaged in some form of isolation and are willing to do anything to get out of it, including hurt the people weaker than them, Crooks does this while criticizing lennie’s dream about the farm and dependence on George. Another central if the book “Mice and Men” is the far fetched impossible grasp of the American dream. Crooks tries to pursue his dreams when he allowed himself to try and chase his dream of owning a patch of garden on Lennie’s farm. Lennie and George would have accomplished the “American dream” if they owned a farm together, they would support themselves, and be protected from any issues around them. This becomes impossible proving Crooks point that freedom and paradises in this world are impossible. One predominant tone of “Mice and Men” is the sympathy that the author gives the characters during the book, while also simulating real poverty and giving them extremely limited resources, intolerance to each other, violence, greed, and betrayal. He shows them sympathy when Lennie commits his crime, the author makes the reader sympathize with him because he’s not all there in the head and the reader sometimes feels bad for Lennie in that situation, and makes it hard to pass judgement on him. Another tone the author used in the book “Mice and Men” was being realistic in the book. One theme of the book was the characters casing the “American dream”, The author is realistic with the reader and makes it evident that through limiting social roles, and somewhat of a “dog eat dog” environment that the “American dream” is impossible for these characters, and that it’s a hopeless dream for them. There are many uses of symbolism in the book “Mice and Men”, once example of this is when Candy’s dog is too weak and crippled to continue to be the productive sheepdog it once was, the dog was raised by Candy and meant a lot to him. Even though the dog was still alive and had a lot of meaning for Candy, it was wasn’t useful, productive, and couldn’t perform the duties it used to, so Carlson kills the dog and sped up the inevitable process of death. This is symbolism because it foreshadows when Lennie’s life was in the hands of George later on, just like Candys dog, Lennie is too weak and can no longer be productive or perform his expected duties.