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What is a quote in Of Mice and Men that shows the "lower class (economic) status of the...

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lindsayypfranks | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2009 at 1:06 AM via web

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What is a quote in Of Mice and Men that shows the "lower class (economic) status of the workers"?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:09 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book Of Mice and Men there are several areas that could be considered validation about the men's low income status.  In the beginning the men are on foot.  They had been riding a bus but it would not go to the gate of the ranch.  They have to walk four miles to get to it.  The paths have been beaten down by tramps.  Their food supply is limited.

George undid his bundle and brought out three cans of beans. (10)

After George realizes that Lenny is going to be killed because he had killed Curley's wife he begins to think of what his life without Lenny will be like.  He tells Candy.

I'll work a month an' I'll take my fifty bucks an I'll stay all night in some lousy cat house. (95)

George tells Lenny at the river before he shoots him:

Guys like us got no family.  They make a little stake an then they blow it in. (104)

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