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Dreams 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck.

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Introduction

Dreams 'Of Mice and Men' Dreams are a key theme in John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' and the play centers around peoples hopes and dreams being dashed. The main dream that we hear about in the story is George and Lennies hopes of getting a house of their own and never having to work for anybody but themselves again, but they both have slightly different views on why they want it. George doesn't want to spend his whole life travelling around the country looking for work and then moving on. Not only has he got the problem of finding the work but also finding work for Lennie. Lennie is slow and clumsy and has caused trouble in every town they have been in. If they had a place of their own they would be working for themselves at their speed when they wanted and they would be the bosses. There would be no worry of being sacked and they could do as much work as they wanted. There would be no startring time and ending time. This is what intrests George in having a place of their own, he would be his own boss. * 'Someday-wer'e gonna get the jack together and wer'e gonna have a little house and a couple of acres' * 'Live of the ...read more.

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and because of this George decides to let him go in with them on buying the house. Candy doesn't want to be useless to anyone and wants to work for as long as he can. * 'I ain't much good with on'y one hand'. * 'They'll can me purty soon'. * This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. * 'They says he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me I wisht somebody'd shoot me'. * 'I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs'. * 'Everybody wants a little bit of land, not much. Just som'thin' that was his'. * 'I planted crops for damn near ever'body in this state, but they wasn't my crops, and when I harvested 'em, it wasn't none of my harvest'. Crooks, the black stable buck, dismisses their dreams and hopes saying that he has seen hundreds of men come to the ranch all with the same dream in their head of having a little piece of land. He is very pessimistic but we actually learn later on that he wouldn't mind working for them aswell. It seems that Crooks is also scared of being canned and having no where to live. ...read more.

Conclusion

Suddenly the dream that was happening has been snatched from their hand. They kind of knew that it probably wouldn't ever of happened, but if you don't have a dream, then you have nothing to live for. * 'You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George?' * 'I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her.' * 'Then-it's all off?' * 'He usta like hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.' At the end of the story George doesn't tell Lennie about the dream not being possible, as it would break his heart. He knows that he has to kill Lennie kindly before Curley gets to him and kills him painfully. He makes Lennie feel happy and peaceful by telling him about the dream again and how they had all bought the house and were living there happily before he kills him. George thinks that if Lennie died with happy thoughts then he will be peaceful. Lennie's happiness has always been a main issue with George as they were best friends. * 'We got each other' * 'Lennie gigled with happiness. An' live on the fatta the lan'. * 'Ever'body goona be nice to you. Ain't gonna be no more trouble. Nobody goona hurt nobody nor steal from them.' * 'Sure, right now. I gotta. We gotta.' ...read more.

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