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Discuss the Importance of Dreams in Of Mice and Men

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Niral Patel 11D Discuss the Importance of Dreams in Of Mice and Men The book 'Of Mice and Men' was published in September, 1937 and was set in the depression of the 1930s in California at the location of Soledad. Steinbeck uses 'Soledad' because it translates as loneliness which arises the point that the time in which this book was set was a time of loneliness where it was very unusual to have a companion or family with you which led to the existence of dreams; to look forward to more pleasant and happier times. At this time: 1930s America, most Americans had the so-called American Dream. This was to own their own piece of land as well as being the boss of it. This was the common dream amongst ranch workers to have something to live for and aid them with their loneliness. The dream came into existence in the 1800s when land was more readily available. By the 1930s, when this novella was set, it was almost impossible to make their dreams a reality due to the 1929 Wall Street stock market collapse which had resulted in prices increasing drastically, and more importantly; there was a desperate act of poverty making people sell what they had and live on the streets. ...read more.

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I believe Steinbeck is trying to put across the imperfectness of humans along with temptation and results of doing a "bad thing" (said by Lennie). Lennie shows that temptation causes him to lose his way and represents the imperfection of humans. His desire to pet soft objects without foreseeing the consequences puts him on a collision course with others. Also, the girl in Weed and Curley's wife are both temptations that made his curiosity grow and he could not resist. Curley's wife could be seen as the serpent in the garden; a liar, a temptation, a manipulator of men to get her way. Like Eve, she is curious, in this case about Lennie. Her actions are innocent but the outcomes are bad, (telling Lennie to touch her soft hair in the barn which leads to her death) just as Eve's actions caused them and human beings to be sent of the 'perfect place.' Curley's wife's actions tempt Lennie whose actions cause him along with the others to lose their dream of a little farm. Lastly, Adam and Eve were thrown out of Eden for going against God; therefore mankind is in loneliness and wandering. ...read more.

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Looking after Lennie stops George from working towards his dream and even prevent him from having a normal life of a rancher, because of this, George and Lennie regularly fight. George yearns for companionship as can be told by the metaphor of him playing solitaire. The tension of having to look after Lennie and himself shows in George and he shows a wide variety of emotions during the novella, from anger to patience to sadness. Lennie is mentally slow, he's enormous. He is George's companion and he is the source of the all the novel's conflict. He is George's opposite both mentally and physically. Lennie's innocence and helplessness, his childish actions, such is his desire to pet soft things makes him likeable to the readers of the novella. George and Lennie's dream is more materialistic than to just own land and be their own boss, as they envision a place where "nobody gona get hurt nor steal from them." The friendship between the two is firmly rooted in their dream. Candy and Crooks along with others are also caught up in the dream. Curly's wife also had a dream which was to become a movie star. But in one way or another, all the dreams of these workers are smashed. ...read more.

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