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Discuss the importance of dreams in 'Of Mice and Men'.

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Discuss the importance of dreams in 'Of Mice and Men'. Throughout the novel 'Of Mice and Men' John Steinbeck concentrates on the theme of dreams. Many of the characters have thoughts of what they would have or want to accomplish. "They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it". These words spoken by Crooks tell us that most of the thoughts will never come true. However there is one dream which might bend the reader's thoughts on this. The dream shared between George and Lennie is an important part of the story. One of the characters dream is so powerful that it controls a large piece of his life. Curly is described in the book as "a thin young man" "like the boss, he wore high-heeled boots." The description of high-heels suggests to us that Curley is quite a short man. The first time we, George and Lennie are introduced to Curley we find that quickly he has something against Lennie. "His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious." From this we assume that Curley thinks he is important and should be respected, he wants to make this clear to the new workers, by showing he does not fear them. ...read more.

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She shows her loneliness and big mistakes here. Because her dream didn't fall into place, her life was controlled by her thoughtless actions. "I remember about the rabbits, George." This is the first line in the novel that the dream between George and Lennie enlightens. Lennie's life is based on the dream he shares with George, everything he does, he thinks will affect the dream becoming his future. Because Lennie is so wrapped up in this dream, and he always thinks about it, it makes the reader wonder if this dream will be different to everyone else's and if it will be their actual future. We first hear the dream when Lennie demands George to describe it to him. "Lennie spoke craftily, 'Tell me--like you done before.'" After an unessential feud with George, Lennie wants to hear their supposed future together, to reassure himself that everything was going to be alright, and that he had something to look forward to. Lennie is a very simple minded person, "Hell of a nice fella, but he ain't bright." George is Lennie's idol, he'd do anything George told him to do and this shows the amount of trust Lennie has for George. John Steinbeck invokes the reader to trust, making us believe that 'their' dream will come true. ...read more.

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Once Candy is accepted into the fantasy, he also begins to think about it allot and always tries to improve it. "I got it figured out. We can make some money on them rabbits if we go about it right." Candy and Lennie are always looking forward to the future and trying to plan everything out. George does this, however not as much as the other two. When Candy gets involved in the dream it brings more hope to it actually being their future. They start to make it happen by saving and putting together their money. As the dream is becoming reality, towards the end of the novel the theme of dreams is very important. The theme is what John Steinbeck uses to create the atmosphere and tone at the end of the book. When Curley's wife is discovered by Candy and George, their whole dream is shattered. "Now Candy spoke his greatest fear. 'You an' me can go there an' live nice, can't we, George? Can't we?' Before George answered, Candy dropped his head and looked down at the hay. He knew." The desire and hope for them to retire with their own place, in a perfect dream had been taken away. John Steinbeck leads the reader right up to the end of the book with the thought that George and Lennie were going to fulfil their dream, and we are taken by surprise when it turns out like Crooks had said. ...read more.

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