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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Look at George and Lennie's dream. Do you think that the dream had anyChance of coming true? What made it likely the dream would fail?

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 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' is set in California in the 1930s during the Great Depression. This was a period of massive economic decline and prolonged high unemployment that forced workers to migrate west in search of work. Hoards of men like George and Lennie, but mostly travelling alone, went from ranch to ranch on short-term, poorly paid contracts, enduring harsh conditions. Although they were part of the unskilled, itinerant workers, Steinbeck distinguishes George Milton as having a good working knowledge of farming and ranching, and being intelligent and quick-witted. This gives weight to the dream he shares with the child-like Lennie Small of one day owning a farm. In contrast to the repetition of the word 'small' used to describe George, Lennie is a gentle giant, and Steinbeck often uses images of animals to convey his size and power. ...read more.

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This ain't no good place. I wanna get outa here' (p55) When the characters are talking about their dream farm, I think Steinbeck is already hinting at the hopelessness of it becoming a reality by giving it a fairy-tale quality. George's voice changes and 'He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before' like a well-known bedtime story for a child. This feeling is reinforced by Lennie reciting his favourite bits, as if he has learned them off by heart and 'He laughed delightedly' (p32). Steinbeck is really referring to 'the American Dream' when George and Lennie discuss their dream. This was a belief that every American citizen, no matter who, could eventually own their own piece of land, or their own home, if they worked hard enough for it and made the right sacrifices. The problem was that in reality over farming and climactic changes in the west of America had turned a huge piece of fertile land that supported the early settlers into a great dust bowl. ...read more.

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He goes back to being disillusioned because he knows 'Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody never gets no land.'(p106). Even Candy's compensation money that seems to make the idea real isn't going to make it happen. This is because Steinbeck has built up a slow progression over the course of the book, from dead mouse to dead girl, that seals Lennie's fate. He hasn't been able to learn from any of his mistakes along the way and we begin to realise that the end is inevitable. This is what Steinbeck means by the title of the book. Even the best laid plans 'Of Mice and Men' can and do go wrong. Despite everything they had going for them, it wasn't enough in the end. Once George takes on the humane responsibility and kills Lennie rather than let Curley and his mob get him it's all over, and the dream dies with him. 1053 Words. G.C.S.E English Coursework Courtney Bishop Page 1 ...read more.

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