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Explain how the language in the extract influences the readers view of the importance of the dream to George and Lennie. (16)

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Introduction

Explain how the language in the extract influences the reader?s view of the importance of the dream to George and Lennie. (16) The extract opens with Lennie ?craftily? speaking to George, asking him to ?Tell me ? like you did before?, hinting that the dream has been shared regularly between the two characters and remains a daily part of their lives. George?s instantaneous response of ?You ain?t gonna put nothing over on me? suggests that although George is denying finding any significance in the dream, secretly he himself also hopes for the dream to come true. Lennie?s pleading and constant repetition of ?Tell me? like you?ve done before? highlights the significance of the dream to both George and Lennie despite George?s denial, as it is clear to the reader that the dream has been shared numerous times and the reader can see that there were times where George was willing and did not deny wanting to reach their dream. ...read more.

Middle

The text also describes George ?as though he had said them many times before?, again hinting at the fact that the dream has previously been repeated and the fact that George repeats the dream systematically suggests that the dream itself has become a part of his life; this part of his life is also shared with Lennie who revels in hearing the dream being told to him. George describes themselves as being the ?loneliest guys in the world?, having ?no family? and who ?don?t belong no place?, describing the harshness of their actual life. However Lennie interrupts George, begging him to tell him of the dream and ?how it is with us?, showing that the dream is important as it allows the two ranch workers to be different from all the other ranch workers across the country: ?But not us! Because? because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that?s why? George ...read more.

Conclusion

The importance of the dream to both characters is further emphasised in the closing paragraph of the passage when George explains how ?when it rains in winter, we?ll just say the hell with goin? to work?, showing how the dream is able to throw away the normal aspects of their life such as working and shows the stark contrast between their actual life and their dream. George finally decides that revelling in thoughts of their dream is ?Nuts?, and suddenly quickly changes back into his old persona of denying enjoying thoughts of the dream, saying ?I ain?t got time for no more?. Despite his denial the reader is able to see how George secretly still enjoys thinking about the dream, and the text shows that George only forces himself to stop thinking about the dream in order to have a more realistic view of life, allowing the two to possibly reach the dream in the future through their dedication to their current life; the dream still constantly underlies everything in their lives. ...read more.

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