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Importance of dreams in Of Mice and Men

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Importance of dreams in "Of Mice and Men" Many people have dreams in "Of Mice and Men" but the dreams of Lennie, Candy and Curley's wife are the most important to our reading of the novel. Lennie's dream is of owning a farm of his own with his friend George. In his dreams he looks after the rabbit. He like's this idea because he likes to pet things and the small things he finds as he is travelling around, like mice, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them heavily. Rabbits are big enough for him to look after without hurting them. He also remembers that he used to pet rabbits when he lived with Aunt Clara. George always told Lennie a story before he went to sleep saying "loneliest guys don't have no family or a future". George told Lennie they had a future together and one day they will have a ranch of their own. There is a quote in the novel where George says "ok some day-we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and... ...read more.


The great depression had a big effect of people such as George and Lennie. The stock market had crashed there was no money to send or receive. There was devastation everywhere people like George and Lennie had to move from place to place looking for work. People had realised the stock market had crashed and the farms were not producing enough goods. People started to work on farm's more as there was so little work. Prices were rising rapidly and people had difficulty saving money until the next job arrives or even feeding their own families. "Old candy turned slowly over his eyes were wide open he watched George carefully". Candy doesn't have much hope at the start of the story, but when he meets George and Lennie and finds out what they are planning, he suddenly realizes how his future can be different. "Candy said, 'I ain't much good with o'ny one hand. Candy is most worried about being useless. He knows that he is employed on the ranch because he lost his hand there, but he is afraid that he will eventually be "canned". ...read more.


Curley's wife dream reveals another side to he. Generally in the story she has got nothing better to do instead of getting men in to trouble, but her dreams and frustrations show she is a lonely person as is everyone else on the ranch. John Steinbeck makes very good use of dreams throughout the novel. Each character is shown to have greater depth than we might have expected and we are able to see how lonely their lives are through the quite humble ambitions they have. The men just want some sort of security in their lives whereas Curley's wife wants to escape from the boredom and loneliness of being the boss's daughter-in-law. Lennie's dream holds the whole novel together. We hear it at the beginning, when it sounds like fantasy. We hear it in the middle, when it seems likely it may come true, and then we hear it again at the end when everybody's dreams have been shattered. Steinbeck doesn't give the migrant workers unrealistic ambition but he does show how the great depression had affected them in terms of money and happiness. This is most clearly shown by Candy who talks about not only George and Lennie's dream but the dreams of many men at that time for a piece of land of their own. ...read more.

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