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Symbolism in Of Mice and Men - Lennie's Puppy

Summary: This essay discusses the symbolism behind Lennie's puppy, which was given to him by Slim.  Lennie's puppy provides him with a sense of happiness, while at the same time representing crushed hopes and innocence in the face of power and oppression.
John Steinbeck's novelette Of Mice and Men contains an abundance of symbols which work together to produce a deeper meaning.  George's idealistic farm and Lennie's alfalfa-eating rabbits symbolize happiness, protection, freedom, and the American Dream; Candy's dog represents the fate of individuals whom society no longer deems useful.  Steinbeck uses these symbols to reinforce the themes of the story and solidify the novelette itself.  One significant symbol that Steinbeck includes in his work is the pup that Slim gives Lennie early in the tale.  Lennie's puppy provides him with a sense of contentment, while at the same time representing crushed hopes and innocence in the face of oppressive power.

Lennie is the victim of an acute mental disability.  As a result, the powerful, stout man acts "jes' like a kid" (43), despite his virile appearance.  His...

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