How does the migrant experience relate to George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men? 

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As migrant workers, George and Lennie travel from ranch to ranch looking for work.  They are migrants because they do not have a home.  They stay in temporary housing on the ranch as long as the job lasts, and then move on.

George and Lennie travel together, but many migrants went alone.  It was a lonely life, and they rarely made enough money to settle down somewhere.  George and Lennie have a dream of buying a farm to raise rabbits, but it is nothing but a dream because they are never able to save up enough money.

"O.K. Someday- we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and-"

"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. (ch 1)

As migrant workers, George and Lennie are always at the mercy of the ranch bosses and owners.  Some are good, decent men.  Others, like Curley, are trouble-makers.  Migrants always had to watch their backs.


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