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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 the dream would fail?

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G.C.S.E Coursework Assignment Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ESSAY TITLE Look at George and Lennie's dream. Do you think that the dream had any chance of coming true? What made it likely the dream would fail? 'Of Mice and Men' was set in the 1920's, in America during the Great Depression. The two main characters of the book are George and Lennie. They were both migrant workers who travelled around a lot looking for work. Gorge had a dark face, with restless eyes and sharp strong features. George was small and quick. However, Lennie was a huge man. He had a shapeless face with two large, pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders, and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little. George was the kind of person that wanted to get on in life, who wanted to always act an adult. Whereas Lennie, he was mentally immature. His speech was as if he was a child and he always acted as one. At the start of the book Lennie and George find themselves on the way to the ranch for their new job. ...read more.


"I could build a smoke - house lie the one gran'pa had" This shows how George wanted to re-create his childhood when he lived on a farm. This was when he had his happier times. "Kill a pig we can smoke the bacon...the hams...make sausages...salmon run up the river...salt 'em." This shows that it would it would be a paradise, with lots of food. George then goes on to say how there would be better working conditions in the dream. "Maybe six hours seven hours a day." Candy is the only person in the book who makes George and Lennie's dream become a real chance. His dog was shot by slim. Candy's dog was his only companion. Candy makes the dream more of a reality when he offers to 'chip in' for the piece of land. "Maybe if I give you guys some money, you'll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain't no good at it." Candy wants a piece of the lane as he will get 'canned' when he is no good at the ranch. ...read more.


Lennie's strength also got him into trouble when he was in the fight with Curley. He caught one of Curley's fists mid air, and started to crush the hand. Lennie ended up breaking Curley's hand. John Steinbeck's plans for Lennie and George all end up in failure. Firstly, they find themselves a ranch to work out. Then they discuss their plans, and Candy offers to help, and at the end of the book, Lennie gets shot because of his own fault. This relates to the poem "The best laid plans of Mice and Men" by Robert Burn. In the first part of the poem, Burns shows how the mouse is not alone, which relates to how Lennie and George will never be alone as they have each other. Burns then shows "The best laid schemes o' mice and men gang aft agley." What has happened in the poem is that a mouse has set up its little home where he'll be kept warm in the winter, and then the farmer, Robert Burns, ploughs over the mouse's home. This means that the mouse will die as it has no where to live. Lee Martin ...read more.

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