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Of mice and men

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Of mice and men Discuss the importance of dreams of the various characters in Of mice and men. Do any of these characters have a realistic opportunity to realise their dreams? Of mice and men is a novel written by John Steinbeck set in the 1930's. John Steinbeck was born on the 27th February 1902 in Salinas, California. Of mice and men mainly focuses on loneliness and isolation. I will have to consider the importance of dreams of various characters in Of mice and men and do they have a realistic opportunity to realise their dream. Many of the characters have dreams in this novel, big dreams, wild dreams all sorts of dreams but I am only going to talk about the following characters: George and Lennie, Curley's wife, and Candy. George and Lennie share a dream of settling in a farm house and looking after animals and doing what any other people would do. During the story their dream is also shared by candy known as the 'swamper'. I think that if Lennie and George didn't have a dream, they wouldn't have had the enjoyable time in their lives that they had even though Lennie was a big problem to George. ...read more.


George is scared that Lennie will do something wrong, something that will ruin their dream to become a success. One thing that is interrupting Lennie from doing well is Curley's wife. At the end of the story, George, Lennie, and Candy's dream is destroyed by Lennie because of his immaturity and thoughtlessness. With his own mind Lennie took the wrong path, by talking to Curley's wife and that ended up into a death and a ruined dream that will never come true. It was not her fault because she is already isolated by the other workers and obviously she would want to talk to someone. We know hat the dream is ruined. After her death is discovered by candy he tells George about it and when George goes to tell the other workers candy is left alone with Curley's wife, he says to the dead lady "you god damn tramp,you done it, di'nt you? I s'pose you're glad. Every'body knowed you'd mess things up. You wasn't no good. You aint no good now.you lousy tart." ...read more.


The marriage between Curley and his wife, kept her realising and questioning her dream. If Curley's wife admitted to herself that she is a failure and hadn't an ounce of acting in her, she wouldn't of been able to hold her marriage with Curley any more because she always dreams that she will be an actor some day that it goes to an extent that it become a part of her normal character. When Lennie kills her, her dream is put to an end. Candy is one of the workers that was made a permanent residence on the ranch. Candy is known as the 'old swamper'. He himself knows himself that he will be getting kicked out soon. I think that he knows that George and Lennie are good people so he wants to really share the same dream with them, this is because of his old age and I think that candy feels isolated because of his age difference from the other workers. He realises that their dream can come true if only Lennie doesn't do anything dumb which he does and destroys their dream. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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