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Of Mice and Men is written in a very realistic style, but really the book is all about dreams, do you agree The novella of "of mice and men" is written in a very realistic style. Its portrayal of migrant ranch workers during the great depression between 1920 and 1930 is very realistic and refers to many facts. The "Great Depression" was a decade of unemployment, low profits, low prices, high poverty and stagnant trade that affected the entire world not just workers in the USA as the book describes. During this period of time an uncounted amout of people had to turn to the lonley life of a migrant ranch worker who unwillingly has to travel all over the nation in pursual of money ,solitude and to many the "The American dream" . This fact was at the four front of many people's lives during that period of time and is also in this book. 'Seems like ever' guy got land in his head", just as crooks describes it. The only outlet for the characters in this book is to rise above there harsh lives as workers and dream of a live in a better place. From the beginning of the story Lennie and George ride high on the thought of someday owning their own piece of land. For George, it is the expectation of being his own boss and taking care of his own place. ...read more.


The problem with this is that some, not all of the workers start to believe so heavily that their dream will come true when the dream is unable to come true, the reality is even harsher. George, on the lost dream: "-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would" . Another example of a dream imagined by a character is the dream of Candy's, that is basically brought on by the dream of "livin off the fatta the land" by George and Lennie. Candy is the old man of the ranch; he seems to be a very lonely man especially when is dog is killed. If Candy had not latched onto this dream then he would certainly have nothing else to live for and no place to go. "I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs.". The main reason that Candy got connected to this dream was so that he will not be left alone; this feeling is exasperated after the killing of his dog. Candy first hears about the dream from overhearing a conversation being held between George and Lennie. George is first very defensive when he realises that Candy has heard their conversation." You know a place like that", " suppose I do what's it to you" however as soon as Candy tells the men that he is willing to ...read more.


At the beginning of the novella we don't see Curleys wife as a budding actress and we don't see that see doesn't actually like her husband Curley. "Says he was goin to put me in the movies. Says I was a natural" and " I don't like Curley" This dream is not usual in the sense as it is not a dream in chase of the American dream but is really a chase of freedom. This dream is also unable to come true as Curley's wife is brutally murdered by Lennie thus completely ending the chances of this dream to come true. Overall you can say that I agree with the statement "Of Mice and Men is written in a very realistic style, but really the book is all about dreams. It is most certainly written very realistically. But as you can see from what I have written the theme of dreams is very prominent. On the other hand you could say that the chasing of dreams is realistic to the period of time that we are talking about. During this time, (the great depression) many, many people had dreams if they didn't have said dreams they would have nothing. Definitely the book is heavily centered around dreams, dreams of such that link to the American dream. These dreams are also ended realistically, in how none of them seem to come true, this was very prominent and can link to the title of the book; the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. ...read more.

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