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Personal observations on the novel of mice and men.

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Personal observations on the novel of mice and men It could be said that hopes and dreams are driven by loneliness. But do we need them to survive? We all have them; they are part of human nature. In order for us to succeed in life we need something to aspire to even if it never actually becomes real. In "of mice and men" some people are the treasurers of these dreams and some people aren't. For instance George and Lennie have shared the same dream built upon the hope that it might, or in Lennie's case, will come true. They both dream of owning a ranch where they can own their own animals, and then as they both say, 'Live off the fat of the land'. In addition, George is able to involve Lennie in this dream of owning their own ranch by allowing him to understand the basic concept of the dream in a very simple form. Lennie, in his simplicity believes it will happen. As a character and in relation to the whole concept of dreams, I would say that Candy goes about his lonely life with the hope and in many respects; the belief that dreams can come true. ...read more.


But when the idea actually becomes a possible reality, even George could not resist the temptations. At this point we too are pleased because we are inclined to believe that this dream could in fact come true. Crooks articulates the idea of the dream and the impossibility of it by saying, 'Every guy has a piece of land in his head but nobody ever gets into heaven, nor gets land'. His natural defensiveness causes him to reject the idea of fulfilling the dream. But when Candy expands (comes into) the idea, bringing along the money with it, crooks aspires to it. It is probably true that when we feel that ideas become tangible, we begin to get uncontrollably drawn in and seduced by the idea. In Crook's case, the irony of it all is the fact that as we learn in the book, his family already owned their own ranch, so Crooks has actually already experienced this dream that so many of the other ranch workers hope for, but now he, himself is the lowest of the bunch because as he says, he is black. ...read more.


So inevitably people's dreams and aspirations could lead to people's downfalls. I mean it is in the telling of the dream that Lennie experiences his happiest moments, but then he dies! Ironically he establishes an intimacy with Curly's wife which leads him to touch her and thus to go wrong. Leading her to death, and then Lennie. Why? We may ask. Perhaps it is saying that we can never really get or accomplish our greatest desires and dreams. Going back to the idea at the beginning, I suggested we need hopes and dreams to survive. Well really we don't survive. For example Curly's wife and Lennie, who don't survive when in fact they were the 2 people who most relied on their dreams to keep on going. George who didn't truly believe in the dream didn't die. He merely invented the dream for Lennie, but in propounding it he in some respects got carried away in his own falsehood. The death of Lennie leaves George to feel deceived by his own dream. Or if in pursuing them dreams can be perceived to keep us going. But in doing so can lead to the downfalls in life. After all we don't really know whether or not our greatest will come true or not. ...read more.

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