Why are George and Lennie different from other guys who work on ranches?  

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During their conversation in the first chapter, both Lennie and George make it obvious why they are different. Lennie urges George to speak about them and George states that ranch workers, which they are, "are the loneliest guys in the world". They have no family and don't belong anywhere. Such men come to work on a ranch, earn an income and then spend it all in town and are soon back on a different ranch working their butts off because they do not have anything to look forward to. This suggests that their lives are purposeless and without meaning.

He then states that he and Lennie, however, are different. They have a future and somebody to talk with and who cares about them. He says that they do not need to sit in a bar and spend all their money just because they have nowhere to go. He emphasizes the lost nature of the other ranch hands by stating that if they should land up in prison no one would care about them. They might just rot away in jail. It is not the same with him and Lennie for...

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