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Of Mice and Men?

In Chapter 5, can you please tell me what the pigeon flying into the barn and out means symbolically. This question has me stumped.

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It has two symbolic meanings. First, it symbolizes the spirit of Curley’s wife, who has finally found the freedom she longed for in life. It flies into the open sky, to freedom, Salvation, and Heavenly comfort. In this way, we see the completion of the utopia theme, where Heaven only comes after death, if at all.

Second, it symbolizes the hopes and dreams of Lennie, Candy, and George, flying into the wind, to be lost forever. This is yet another example of Steinbeck’s device of using animals and nature to parallel, and subtly illustrate, the meaning of the plot events.