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Of mice and men

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Of Mice and Men coursework why are dreams important to a number of characters in "of mice and men" In 1937 Steinbeck shows the harsh reality of the American dream, in his book "Of Mice and Men". At that time life was hard, and people had to hold on to their dream as it made it easier to accept reality and the difficult circumstances. Steinbeck has made the dreams of his main characters, difficult ones to achieve. The 1930's was a very difficult period, because there was massive unemployment, as banks collapsed, this was called the Great Depression, there was 25% unemployment Climate also changed, there was a draught, which caused land to dry up, this led to food shortages. Due to all this, people who could work had to travel to different places as far as California. I think its fair to say, that during this background of unemployment and poverty, the dreams of many men were hard to achieve. In this essay I am going to explain why Steinbeck feels it is important to present the lives of people, whose dreams never come true and how dreamers suffer the most. Steinbeck's main characters George and Lennie, have a very hard life and throughout the novel their dream is told over and over again "An I could build a smoke house like the one gran-pa ...read more.

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Maybe I will yet" This shows that even a women like Curley's wife who is hated and disliked can have dreams. Throughout the novel Curley's wife is always referred as "Curley's wife" she is never given a name. I think the reason why Steinbeck does not give Curley's wife a name of her own is because as a women she is disadvantaged and considered as lower in society, which also makes the odds of her dreams becoming true even harder. Tragically Lennie kills Curley's wife when she offers him to touch her hair and Lennie doesn't let go, she starts screaming and Lennie breaks her neck. Another key character in the novel is called Crooks. Steinbeck creates a character like Crooks to show how racist and unfair Southern American society could be in the 1930s. Crooks is black, he is given the name "Crooks" as he got kicked by a horse and always hunches and rubs liniment on his back. He is socially segregated so therefore lives on his own in a harness room with the horses. He feels isolated and unwanted all because he is black "They play cards in there, but I cant play because I'm black, they say I stink, well I tell you, you all of you stink to me" this may also suggests he wants to play cards and be socially involved, however because he is black he is segregated. ...read more.

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I think Steinbeck uses these phrases to show the reader how powerless, unimportant and tiny Crooks felt. Overall, Steinbeck writes about characters who's dreams will never come true, as he wanted to show how hard life was at that time and how holding onto a dream is important as it helps escape from reality. Curley's wife dream of becoming an actor never came true, the fact that she was a women and she was disadvantaged made it even hard, the odds of her dream coming true was very unlikely. Crook's dream only lasted for a couple of minutes of joining Candy, George and Lennie's dream, however its crushed when Curley's wife puts him in his place. Most importantly George and Lennie's dream of one day owing their own ranch and tending rabbits, almost seemed to come true, you would think they would finally achieve their goal, however when Lennie kills Curley's wife, the dream starts to crumble. When George goes to find Lennie Candy asks if the dream will still happen, George is doubtful. This shows that Lennie was the base of the dream, the person keeping it going and without him it wouldn't be the same. Steinbeck shows that everyone has a dream, especially how hard it was to achieve, this makes me feel how much easier I can achieve my dreams as opposed to the 1930s, with the Great Depression making it almost impossible to achieve anything. ...read more.

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