Lennie said, "Tell about that place, George."
"I jus' tol' you, jus' las' night."
"Go on—tell again, George."
"Well, it's ten acres," said George. "Got a little win'mill. Got a little shack on it, an' a chicken run. Got a kitchen, orchard, cherries, apples, peaches, 'cots, nuts, got a few berries. They's a place for alfalfa and plenty water to flood it. They's a pig pen—"
"An' rabbits, George."
"No place for rabbits now, but I could easy build a few hutches and you could feed alfalfa to the rabbits."
This dialouge that goes on between GEORGE AND LENNIE is very important to the theme and motifs of the novel. This discussion goes on many times when Lennie is nervous, scared, or in need of reassurance. This paticular time occurs in the bunkhouse as Lennie and George are talking, and Candy overhears them. Anyhow, this quote is very vital to the theme of the want for the AMERICAN DREAM. As George describes Lennie and his dreamt-of-paridise, he also describes what most migrant workers wanted in that time period: a place, and a friend (COMPANIONSHIP), to call their own. The RABBITS that Lennie mentions are also a motif. These bunnies represent Lennie's inocence and need for something solid, something to always count on. In this way, these symbols describe one of the major themes of the book, the struggle for the American Dream.