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Look at George and Lennie's dream - Do you think that the dream had any chance of coming true - What made it likely that the dream would fail - Of mice and men

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Look at George and Lennie's dream. Do you think that the dream had any chance of coming true? What made it likely that the dream would fail? From the very beginning 'Of Mice and Men', George and Lennie have their hopes set on 'the dream'. They dream about getting a ranch together in the country. Lennie gets extremely fascinated and excited, as soon as animals are mentioned. He has learnt his trigger speech, word-for-word. He talks about all of the animals he will care for, and how he will feed them: "...a place for alfalfa, an' that alfalfa is for the rabbits, an' I take the sack and get it all fulla alfalfa and then I take it to the rabbits". Lennie is so enthralled, and has thought and talked about the dream so much, that his speech was perfect, and was automatic as soon as he heard any mention of a dream or the animals, especially rabbits. The dream would likely fail, as the story received the title from an earlier poem by Robert Burns, "The Best Laid Plans Of Mice and Men". ...read more.

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George is different, as he contains the 'id' and 'ego' personality. He has the knowledge, the ego, to know whether his id is right or wrong. At the start of the novel, the two men are in a place called Weed. They are forced to leave there, when they are being hunted down. This is because Lennie had clutched the dress of a girl, and would cease to let go. The girl shouted rape, and so if they were to live, they must leave, and seek life in another location. Lennie was more enthralled and fascinated at listening to George tell him about the dream, and what they would own and how they would do things, rather than actually thinking about all of the things happening in reality. He knew what the dream was exactly, but he was more excited, when George told him: "Why'n't you do it yourself. You know all of it. / No ... you tell it. It ain't the same if I tell it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lennie talks about the dream in front of Candy, and Candy becomes very interested. Candy is old, and lonely. He is lonely as his dog, which suffered from rheumatism and old age was laid to rest, and Candy wishes the same of him, as he feels exactly the same, as his dog must have felt. He lost his hand on the ranch, and so he was given the job of swamping. Candy was given two hundred and fifty dollars for his injury, and the money may actually bring George and Lennie's dream as close to reality as it has been so far. "An' they give me two hundred an' fifty dollars 'cause I los' my hand. An' I got fifty more saved up right in the bank, right now". Candy is prepared to offer up the money, but he makes it perfectly clear that he wouldn't 'own' the ranch, just because he had the highest stake. He is quite prepared to live away from that ranch, he has spent so long at. ...read more.

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