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Steinbeck said Of Mice and Men was about “everybody’s daydreams”. Show how the dreams in the novel reflect the time and the place, which it is set.

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Steinbeck said Of Mice and Men was about "everybody's daydreams". Show how the dreams in the novel reflect the time and the place, which it is set. The book Of Mice and Men is set in California, at the time of the Great Depression. In which the American stock market had collapsed, it left the country in a state of economic disarray. This affected the two main characters George and Lennie who have to work on ranches because the farms and ranches they previously lived on must have had to be sold. The character in the novel are linked by their dreams, often of them being equal or accepted into society. These dreams reflect Steinbecks personal dream of a better, unprejudiced community. Georges dream is to own a farm or a ranch of his own so he could be his own boss and wouldn't have to be pushed round by other ranch owners who he works for now. He says to George, "We're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs..." Its likely that before the depression that George lived of owned his own farm and was happy there because he was his 'own man' and he could do what he wanted when he wanted. Because of this dream George resents authority, when he first meets Curly, the ranch owners son, he spoke to him in an 'insulting manner' and refuses to give Curly a straight answer. ...read more.

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When Curly is starting on Lennie, Curly quickly rushes to his defense. '"Glove fulla Vaseline," he said disgustedly' Referring to the glove Curly wears on his hand full of Vaseline, to keep 'soft' for his wife. He is not scared of Curly and the boss anymore because if he gets sacked he can just move on to George's dream farm. With Candy's newfound confidence he starts sharing his views and sticking up for other people such as Crooks the black stable buck. Curly's wife is verbally attacking Crooks, telling him how she can get him killed if she wanted too. Candy retaliates by saying, "If you was to do that, we'd tell... We'd tell about you framing Crooks." He sticks up for Crooks, which shows he wasn't racist and that he also had a dream for a better society. Where is you have worked and are getting old you would have money, a pension, and that everyone is treated equally like him and Crooks. This shows that the book reflects the time its set because Candy would probably have a pension and wouldn't have been able to get sacked without out a just cause. Crooks dream is to be treated like a human and be accepted. Because he's black he's always been bullied and picked on by the other people in the ranch. He is never allowed to go out with the other people in the ranch and has to stay in his own room in the barn, he hates everyone at the ranch because they treat him badly, he says to Lennie, "They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. ...read more.

Conclusion

Curley's wife remembers how a man in the 'pitchers' said he was going to write to her about being in the movies. But she says her mother stole the letter when it came, when really it didn't come at all. When Lennie killed her the writer says. "The meanness and..... the ache for attention were all gone from her face." This means that she didn't have to try anymore and life wasn't just one long struggle for recognition. She had been released and was now more beautiful and alive than ever. Maybe it also means that she would get the attention now, she would be known as the woman who got killed by a mad man. I can tell that this is set in the past because now women had rights; people couldn't take advantage of young women. Steinbecks dream is an aspect of all the characters dreams of an equal society. Crooks, equal rights for different races, Candy's, rights for work and ageism, Curley's wife, women's rights. Steinbeck would like to see all these aspects in his idea of society. He saw the problems of his society and maybe tried to change them with this book. George describes to Lennie, "The place no-ones gonna hurt you." This reminds me of heaven. Where people would understand, listen and accept other peoples right to a dignified and free life. Although we have more of a life like this now, that is very different from the inequality of the time of 'Mice and Men', we still have a long way to go to achieve Steinbeck's daydream. ...read more.

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