An’ I coulda sat in them big hotels, and had pitchers took of me.” Curley’s wife’s dismal state is brought on by the way the men of the ranch ignore her, and refuse to include her in what they do.
These examples illustrate Steinbeck’s theme of the impossibility of success without people who care for and about you.
He wonders “s’pose George went into town tonight and you never heard of him no more” (71).
This thought distresses Lennie, not just because he depends on George for guidance, but because without George, his dream means nothing. He does this because he has power over almost nothing in his daily life, but here, he has someone out on a thread, toying with them.
While describing his past experiences to Lennie, he describes his siblings, stating “[I] Had two brothers. Used to sleep right in the same room, right in the same bed- all three” (73).
Again, Steinbeck reinforces the theme that happiness comes from friendship and family, and not from being alone in Crooks’s nostalgic, and wishful renditioning of his distant past.
This concept alone proves the dream impossible, because it suggests that the world is too predacious for such a perfect scenario.
Slim, the voice of reason and justice on the farm, illustrates this point while pondering what holds Lennie and George together.
George mentions this in his speech to Lennie, regarding their future dream, stating that “guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. With Lennie gone at the end of the novel, George has become one of the people he previously described, a loner with nothing to look ahead to.
This idea of false hope manifests itself in some of the characters that the two later encounter.