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In the book Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses hopes and dreams to thicken the plot and make the reader take a large interest into the characters lives.

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Introduction

'Of Mice and Men' The American Dream plays a significant role in the Of Mice and Men novel as the the great depression was a worrying problem during the timing of Mice and Men. Many people say this is the reason why dreams play a constant role in the novel. The national dilemma during those times forced many workers to travel the country searching for employment deserting there families. This forced the citizens of America to have an aspiration to evade this dilemma happening for the rest of there days. The American Dream is an idea that has been dreamt of since America was founded. The American Dream symbolises happiness, prosperity, equality and freedom. It was a strong idea, believed and supported by many, including most of the characters in the novel. People used the idea of the American Dream to help them stay positive, in what could be for some, quite a lonely and bleak life. For example, George used his and Lennie's hope of one day owning a farm to help Lennie progress and keep him happy when something had gone wrong. ...read more.

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No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want".We also realise, that whenever George tries getting settled in a ranch, Lennie would do something horrific which would then lead them from escaping the farm, 'You cant keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time. An' that ain't the worst. You get in trouble.' Every time this happens George's dream of owning a farm fades away. Lennie's dream on the other hand, is a lot more immature compared to George's because all he wants is to tend rabbits, 'I can let you tend rabbits the rabbits all right.' In some parts of the novel, his dream comes true such as in the first chapter when he kills a mouse, "Uh-uh. Jus' a dead mouse, George. I didn't kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead". Lennie is the most innocent character in the novel because when George says that they will have a farm of their own, he believes that it would come true and takes it from his heart. ...read more.

Conclusion

As soon as George meets Lennie subsequent to the incident with Curley's wife, George knows that the dream will remain as a dream. I think that Lennie did end up getting his dream. As he and George sit, watching the water, George describes to Lennie, one last time, how it's gonna be. However, I believe that this time, he is describing Heaven to Lennie, rather than the little farm. Lennie begs George to let him go to the farm now, and George complies with Lennie's wishes. This dream was worth while for Lennie and George if it only provided Lennie a sense of peace before he died but not only them, but hundreds of men that it carried through their lives. Altogether, hopes and dreams definitely help people to escape from the harsh realities of their ordinary lives. Every character in this novel has some problem or the other such as, the colour of their skin, being less bright and being lonely. After reading this novel, we certainly get a feeling of the difficult lives that were lived by the poor people of that time. Also, hopes and dreams make people stronger with their lives since they have a motive to live for. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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