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Jen Pascoe 29/01/02 Of Mice and Men Dreams are very important in the novel 'Of Mice and Men'. All the main characters have dreams. George and Lennie dream throughout the story about not having to work anymore and having land of their own to farm. They dream that one day they're going to be able to support themselves 'an' live off the fatta the lan'' Candy hopes to join George and Lennie in their dream, as does Crooks. Curley also dreams throughout the novel, he wants to be a professional boxer, as he likes to be known as a hard man. Finally, Curley's wife dreams of being a famous actress. Lennie and George are migrant workers. The story is set during the depression. Life is very hard for them, as labourers get paid low wages and work long hours with no security. George says 'it ain't enough land so we'd have to work too hard. Maybe six, seven hours a day'. To us the typical working day is only eight hours a day. George is glad at the though of only having to work for seven hours. Most migrant workers are very lonely as they do not have set roots or a place to keep going back to, they move on all the time. Slim says 'I hardly ever seen two guys travel together. You know... go out alone'. This means that workers are very isolated. They never have time to begin to settle down or make friends. They don't really seem to be bothered about being so isolated though, they just carry on as normal. These men work really hard and understandably get frustrated when they cannot take advantage of the goods they have produced, they are annoyed because they aren't getting 'what comes outta the ground'. Migrant workers have little power or control over their lives. This is because they are unsettled and do not have friends or a place to call home. ...read more.


We are told that Crooks 'got a crooked back where the horse kicked him. The boss gives him hell when he's mad.' Possibly, the boss knows that no other ranch will take on a stable buck with a crooked back, so he doesn't need to worry about Crooks complaining or leaving. We are told that Crooks feels lonely and outcaste. He realises that he is separated from the rest of the workers because of his colour. Crooks says to Lennie 'spose you couldn't go in to the bunk house and play rummy cause you was black''. The story suggests that Crooks is a private and social person by saying that 'Crooks kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs'. However, I believe that Crooks does not mean to seem antisocial, he is just not used to company and so he is scared, he does not really know how to mix and socialise with people. Crooks wasn't allowed to play with white children when he was younger. He says: Sometimes I went to play with them (white kids), and some of them was pretty nice. My ol' man didn't like that. I didn't know till long later why he didn't like that. But I know now.' He has been left out all his life, and doesn't really know what to do. We do know crooks is lonely though. He says 'A guy needs somebody to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody'. Crooks is saying that he has lived all his life alone, and he feels lonely. He believes that a person needs company or they will just go mad. At first, Crooks is not interested in joining the dream. He doesn't think that George and Lennie will ever really get their land. He's seen hundreds of men, all with the same idea. Crooks says 'they come an' they quit an they go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. ...read more.


It catches the eye but also warns people off. We are told on another occasion: 'She wore her bright cotton dress and the mules with the red ostrich feathers. Her face was made up and all the sausage curls were in place.' This shows that Curley's wife always dresses herself up. She is very glamorous and dreams of the attention and glamour welcomed from being in films. She is also very pretty. Lennie says when she walks into the room 'Gosh, she was purty'. When Slim walks past her he says 'Hi, good-lookin''. Curley's wife dreams of being in shows and pictures. She has been told she could be an actress, 'A guy tol' me he could put me in pitchers' and 'He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural' tells me this. We learn that this guy may not really have been able to do this though, as she says ' Soon's he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it. I never got that letter.' Its' possible that the man was only trying to impress her and take advantage of her being so na�ve. She says that she thinks her mother hid the letter from her but possibly she only convinces herself this to hide her disappointment. Dreams are very important to all the main characters in 'Of Mice and Men'. They all have dreams about what could be or what might have been in Curley's wife's case. All the characters want what they cant have, be it their freedom and a piece of land or to become a famous actress. It could be said that these characters are so wrapped up in their own dreams, they often forget about the importance of their own lives in fulfilling them. Mainly, these dreams are just a way of helping them through their lives. Living during the depression must have been very hard as there was very little money around. Their lives were difficult and their hopes and dreams for the future just helped them get through the hard times. ...read more.

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