• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the Significance of the Characters Hopes and Dreams in Of Mice And Men

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sasha Grover Explore the Significance of the Characters? Hopes and Dreams in ?Of Mice And Men? Most of the characters in Steinbeck?s novel ?Of Mice and Men? admit, at one point or another, to dreaming of a different and better life to that which they are living. George and Lennie share a dream of owning a small plot of land and farming it together; ?someday were gonna? get the jack together and we?re gonna? have a little house and couple of acres an? a cow and some pigs?? Lennie takes particular pleasure when George retells the dream to him. Lennie is mentally disabled and has difficulties in recalling many things, but when it comes to his hopes for the future he can recite things almost word for word, just as George has described things. He often enthuses so much that he finishes George?s sentences which relate to the ?Dream?; ?But not us! ...read more.

Middle

In the times when Steinbeck set this novel, America was in The Depression; jobs were hard to come by and positions lacked security. Some could say that George and Lennie?s hopes and aspirations for the future are like the mythical ?American Dream?. This is the idea of living a life of independence and freedom in which success is a definite possibility. We get the impression that George isn?t as excited about the dream as Lennie, but it is later on revealed that he is just more cautious about that excitement. His hopes and desires allows him to protect Lennie?s innocence but another part of him wants to grow up and escape the pain of hope by indulging in women and drink. Additionally, George explodes at Lennie when he imagines what it would be like to be the dream-life of a traveling worker without any burdens; ?If I was alone I could live so easy?. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is willing to put up his compensation money, which he was given after his accident at the ranch in order to achieve this dream. When Candy decides to collaborate with them and the idea of owning a farm becomes tangible, none of the men know how to respond What seemed like a faint hope to George now seems possible; ?This thing that they had never really believed in was coming true.? For George and Lennie their dream serves as a diversion from the strife of everyday life and not as a realistic goal. In summary the dreams expressed so far in ?Of Mice And Men? are close to fantasy, but simple enough to do. The main theme of Lennie and Georges dream is a place to ?belong?; ?We?d jus? live there, we?d belong there?, as they do not have anywhere of their own; ?our own place where we belonged?? and have no family, in fact they only have each other. It also provides reassurance to their lives and the hope of one day finding security and living the ?American Dream? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Discusshow Steinbeck is exploring the significance of dreams in "Of Mice and Men"

    He then introduces the characters, which are involved in the main part of the novel. The author ends the story by exiting most of the characters and returns to the setting of "the deep green pool of the Salinas River."

  2. Of Mice and Men - summary

    Curley's wife is seen as a flirtatious 'tart' by the other ranch-hands, true, Curley's wife does flirt, she is very conscious of the effect this has on men, but she is not a tart. She wants attention and by gaining that attention, she act the way people think.

  1. Of Mice and Men. Explore the theme of the American dream and importance ...

    We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. This quote shows that George and lennie want to be free to have what they want when they want, there is no hustle of doing anything they

  2. Discuss how Steinbeck is exploring the significance of dreams in

    with the dream offers his compensation money ("two hundred an' fifty dollars 'cause" he "los' " his "hand") to buy the farm, the dream seems to have a possibility of coming true. The dream seems significant to the trio's freedom in future life, especially for Candy as he has already

  1. Discuss the Significance of Dreams in 'Of Mice and Men'

    All the main characters in the story have personal dreams, and only the thought of these dreams keeps them going in the harsh working environment where they had no aims in life. The main dream in the novel is a dream shared by George and Lennie.

  2. Of Mice And Men Is A Novel About Dreams And Hopes In Difficult circumstances: ...

    George's dream, although extremely similar to Lennie's, is probably more detailed and complicated. Lennie thinks as far as "tending the rabbits", but George has to worry about whether it would be possible to really "live offta fatta of the land", or would they starve?

  1. Of Mice And Men - the significance of dreams.

    He understands the dream in a different way than George it is more childish and he gets excited when he thinks of tending the rabbits on the farm. Although a dream is a dream, it is different for everyone. Lennie is helpless to get the dream and relies on George to get it and him out of trouble.

  2. Describe the Dreams of the Characters in "Of Mice & Men".

    Steinbeck constantly compares Lennie to various animals but comparison to a dog is quite significant. This comparison is apparent, such as Lennie is George?s only friend and the dog is Candy?s only companion. Also Lennie is dependent on George to be his faithful protector like the dog is loyal to Candy and relies on him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work