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Dreams are very important in 'Of Mice and Men'.

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Dreams are very important in 'Of Mice and Men' In 'Of Mice and Men' dreams are a major theme, they feature heavily throughout the book, most characters have a dream although some feature more than others. The Dreams in 'Of Mice and Men' are more like hopes and ambitions; they give the characters something to aspire to and give them the hope and determination to continue. They also allow the reader a deeper insight into the personality of the dreamer; the dream reflects the person's innermost feelings, hopes and insecurities. For some characters, their dream seems realistic and this is what fuels the dream even more, the thought that one day their dream will come true. However the most important thing about the dreams is that they allow both the reader and the characters to escape the harsh reality of the characters lives. George and Lennie have a dream of owing their own piece of land; 'an' live off the fatta the land', this is the typical 'American Dream' of the period. Most ranch hands shared this dream but for very few did it become reality. This dream shows their wish for companionship, honesty and love, their ambition to escape the itinerant workers loneliness and poverty. ...read more.


Her dream reflects that she is very vain and she wants to be admired and in the spotlight. She is desperate for some one to pay her some attention and this is highlighted by the fact that it is to Lennie that she reveals her dream, to someone who does not have the faintest idea what she is talking about and is not in the least bit interested but this doesn't deter her as she is desperate to tell someone about herself. Candy does not have a dream until Lennie and George decide to share their dream with him, but in their dream he finds renewed hope, comfort, strength and self-respect. He is instantly revived and very enthusiastic about it and although he admits that he would be of very little physical help, he would provide the necessary financial support to start the dream becoming reality. When George is describing the farm, it seems so idyllic and the situation so opportune that it comes as a shook to the reader when they realise that it can become reality, this is an important part in the book as it marks the point when the barrier between the dream and the reality is broken and these two situations merge. ...read more.


When Lennie dies this hope is destroyed as George no longer has the belief or the motivation which Lennie provided. This gives us insight into the real nature of their relationship, it shows us that Lennie had been right when at the beginning of the book he said 'Because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you', their relationship had been two way, George does benefit from Lennie's companionship Dreams allow the reader deeper insight into the characters as I have mentioned throughout this essay. One of the most noticeable things that highlights this point is that one of the first things that happens in this play which allows us to discover what Lennie and George are really like is when they discuss the dream in the 1st chapter. The most important message that comes over to the reader in the book is that of companionship, Lennie, George's and Candy's dream is based on it, Crooks craves it and Curley's wife does to although perhaps a slightly different kind; Companionship is the one thing that everyone has in common. Word Count: 1254 Rowan Lovegrove-Fielden ...read more.

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