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Of mice and men - How far was it from becoming reality? The George and Lennie dream.

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"We could live offa the fatta the lan'." This was George and Lennie dream and also the dream of thousands of people at that time. The book by John Steinbeck 'Of Mice and Men' is set in the 1930's during the time of the Great Depression. In this book Steinbeck portrays the characters as pathetic victims of society, each of them pathetic in different ways. Yet all of them are lonely, in need of companionship, in need of a relationship and in desperate need to make their dreams come true. In life everybody has to have a dream whether they are rich or poor. In this book Steinbeck shows that the dream of all the ranchmen amount to the same thing, a piece of land. As Crooks says, " I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches...an' that same damn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come... an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head." This was the 'American Dream', a little house or land that belonged to them. ...read more.


This dream sounded very nice to everyone, it sounded so nice that two other people became involved. Candy wanted this dream because he was old, his only and life long companion a dog was shot dead by one of the ranchmen, he wanted a friend to live with and a place where he would grow old and die. When Candy heard about George and Lennie's plan he jumped at the chance because it would fulfil all his needs and wants. He would have George and Lennie as his companions. Candy got involved because he had some money and he made himself sound helpful. "...Tha's three hundred, and I got fifty more comin' the end a the month. Tell you what -... S'pose I went in with you guys. Tha's three hundred an' fifty bucks I'd put in. I ain't much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some." George and Lennie did not have much money and found this offer very tempting so they agreed and now there were three people involved in the dream. At this point the dream seemed as if it was going to really happen and become reality after all these years of hoping and dreaming. ...read more.


"Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land." Even though Crooks got involved in George and Lennie's dream he still believed in this quote. The only person who actually always believed in the dream was Lennie because he was not mature enough to realise that the dream would never come true. Lennie always lived in the dream, he believed in the dream so much that he knew the dream of by heart, he could recite it at any time, any place. But when Candy and George found Curley's wives dead body they knew the dream was back to being a dream, but still Candy tries desperately one last time to make the dream reality. " You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George? You an' me can go there an' live nice, can't we, George? Can't we?" Before George killed Lennie, George made it seem like Lennie was living in the dream so in fact the only person to ever live in the dream was Lennie. But when Lennie dies the dream also dies, and George and Candy go back to their artificial lives of dreaming and hoping for another chance to make their dreams come true. By Jai Popat ...read more.

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