What are possible arguable theses in "Of Mice and Men" and which paragraph illuminates the argument?What should the format of a close reading paper look like?

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In "Of Mice and Men," it is the death of Lennie which ends the dream for George, a fact which leads the reader to conclude that in George's life the pursuit of the dream is more important than the possibility of the dream's realization. For, while George repeats the dream of owning a ranch, he realizes that they will never acquire enough money to really buy a ranch; yet, in  this repeating of their plans in order to make the childlike Lenny happy, George has meaning given to his life.  He has a goal to pursue; something to give his life direction, something to soothe the alienation and loneliness he often feels.  With Lennie, George is not alone and he has a reason to keep working and living.

This pursuit of the dream even enlivens old Candy, who begins to make plans as he is enlisted in this pursuit.  He informs Crooks,

'Me and Lennie an'George.  We gonna have a room to ourself.  We're gonna have green corn an' maybe a cow or a goat.' He stopped, overwhelmed with his picture.

Together, George, Lennie, and Candy form a perfect triangle, clinging together in their loneliness and alienation, hopeful of the ideal that the 'dream holds out to them.

You will write an argument, a piece that you will wish to prove persuasively.

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