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Looking 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?

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Looking 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? About the author: John Steinbeck was born in Salinas Valley on February 27,1902. He attended Stanford University-June 1919-1925 and he graduated from Salina High School-June 1919. His father John Ernst Steinbeck was a country treasurer who died a year before his son wrote the book ' Of mice and men ' and Steinbeck's mother Olive Hamilton Steinbeck was a teacher. Steinbeck also written other books like ' The long valley' and ' Tortillaflat' not just the story about George and Lennie. Then in 1962 Steinbeck received the ' Nobel prize for literature.' after he set up a national Steinbeck centre in historic old town at the head of Main street in Salinas, he then died in New York, December 20,1968. 'Of Mice And Men' is a novel written by John Steinbeck about two men who have a mission to make their dream come true. George Milton and Lennie Small are the only ones who can change the way they lived and if they worked hard for it they would be successful to make their dream come true. ...read more.

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an have rabbits ... we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' the roof.' This shows they have hope to make this dream come true. Steinbeck often refers to the American dream. The American dream was a sigh of hope, happiness and not to be treated like a slave. People had to have this dream because the 'Great Depression' was around the same time. People would move to California to work and once they had the money they would be able to live that dream. The dream was all about being able to live the life they should have lived by having there own land, fruits, vegetables and animals; this is just like Lennie and George's dream. The only way, Lennie and George would be able to make this dream was to work hard enough to earn it and to be successful. For George and Lennie, the dream could be seen as ' wishful-thinking'- they knew they would never own a farm but they still wanted to re-create happier times, when they were young and around family, living a cosy life with loads of food and being wanted; it was like paradise for them. ...read more.

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This shows Candy really wants to be part of this dream because he hasn't got anyone or any thing to look forward to, so he is willing to make a will and to leave his money to Lennie and George just in case he dies in the time when they are colleting the money. Looking closely at the character of Lennie. His behaviour and his personality shows us that he will get in trouble with this sort of disability, as he don't know the difference between right and wrong. One example of this is when George and Lennie were in Weed; Lennie just went up to the young lady, as he doesn't know it is wrong to grab a lady's dress, she began to scream. As soon as Lennie heard the scream he started to panic and held on tightly. This shows Lennie doesn't know his own strength, which can hurt someone or some thing even if he doesn't intend to. The same sort of thing happened with Curley and then with his wife, that's when Lennie lost control because he didn't want to get in to trouble, so he covered her mouth to stop her from screaming, but of course Lennie doesn't know if you shake a young women you can kill her. This shows he doesn't learn from his mistakes. ...read more.

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