What are some of the most important quotes from George and their literal meanings?I need to explain the literal meaning about some quotes from one of the characters in Of mice and Men.

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I will select two quotes from George in the book and talk about how they relate to the novel as a whole with regard to theme etc. I am not too sure what you mean by literal meaning, but hope it makes sense!

One of the most important quotes in the story that comes from George becomes a recurring motif. This is the whole "dream" that George and Lennie have of companionship and "living off the fatta the land". This is repeated at various points in the novel, and, incredibly tragically, it is repeated at the end, just before George kills Lennie. It is such an important part of the novel because it captures the sense of hope that Lennie and George have, that one day they can have their own place. It also stresses the importance of dreams to mankind, and the need we have to belong to someone. Loneliness is another important theme in the novel, and thus we can see how Lennie and George together stave off loneliness by their friendship and the shared dream they have.

For me, another poignant quote comes at the very end of the novel, just before George shoots Lennie and after he has recounted the dream again. George says: "Sure, right now. I gotta. We gotta." We can see here that George is trying to talk himself into doing what he knows he needs to do, and how hard it is to do it.

Hope these quotes help!

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