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All dreams must come to an end eventually. This is the sad reality for Lennie, George, and Curley's Wife in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Jim Smith 12/15/11 Period 1 Of Mice and Men Dreams All dreams must come to an end eventually. This is the sad reality for Lennie, George, and Curley's Wife in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. George and Lennie are migrant farm workers from Salinas, California who are looking to work up a stake. They share a dream of using this stake to buy their own ranch and live happily ever after. Lennie specifically dreams of caring for rabbits on a ranch. Lennie has a love for soft, furry things, but can can't control his strength and ends up hurting mostly everything he touches. Curley's Wife has a different dream. She wants to become an actress and live a glamorous life. Although their dreams come close to a reality, they came to an end eventually. In the novel Of Mice and Men George, Lennie, and Curley's Wife all desire to live the American Dream, but unfortunately these dreams never come true by the end of the book. ...read more.

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Now he has given up on his dream. George's dream comes close to a reality, only to be shattered. Lennie shares the same dream as George but most importantly wants to tend to the rabbits. He can't wait to pet the fluffy rabbits, and that's all he can think about. As Lennie tells George about their dream he says, "An live off the fatta the lan, an have rabbits" (Steinbeck 14). Lennie never loses sight of the soft rabbits and will do anything George tells him to do so he can tend to the rabbits. He gets excited when his dream is close to becoming true, but then he does another bad thing. Lennie kills Curley's Wife and has to run away. George gives up on his dream, so Lennie has to as well. In the last chapter Lennie tells George that he is eager to run away again and pursue his dream, "Le's do it now. ...read more.

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[...] he was gonna write to me about it [...] I never got that letter [...] so I married Curley" (Steinbeck 88). Her dreams of becoming a movie star are shattered when she marries Curley and leaves for the ranch. On the ranch she has no freedom and gets little attention, which is all she ever wanted. If not for marrying Curley, she could of had a chance of staying in the city and someday becoming an actress. George, Lennie, and Curley's Wife all want to live the American Dream and live a good life, but bad decisions lead them down the wrong path and their dreams are crushed.. The American Dream was never realistic for the desperate workers and condemned wife. Individually George may still capable and in control of reaching his dream. Dreams are only what you make them. "There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other" (Erasmus). ...read more.

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