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The Role Dreams Play in Lives of Of Mice and Men Characters

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The Role Dreams Play in Lives of Of Mice and Men Characters Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck is a classic novel set in a ranch town in Salinas Valley, California during the Great Depression. The novel revolves around the lives of two hoboes named Lennie Small and George Milton. George and Lennie have a dream of owning a farm. The dream of owning that farm has kept George and Lennie going. Many people had dreams during the Great Depression because they were suffering terribly. Dreams gave them a way to believe in the human race. Throughout the novel, the importance of having a dream keeps the characters going because it gives them something to believe in. '"O.K. Someday - we're gonna get our jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs -.'" (14) The usage of the word "someday" shows a sense of longing and uncertainty. George does not know if it will happen soon or if it will even happen at all. ...read more.


Curley's wife is another dreamer in the novel. '"Nother time I met a guy-he was in the pitchers. He said he'd put me in the movies. Said I was a natural. Soon's he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it. I never got that letter. I always thought my ol' lady stole it.'" (88) Curley's wife has this dream as an escape from her husband who is very sexist and discriminatory against women. At the time, the book is set during a time when women were treated poorly and only thought of as homemakers for bringing up children and were used commonly for sex purposes. Curley treats his wife poorly, so she dreams about being rich and famous being a movie star. Ironically, this is the dream of many American people nowadays; to be rich and famous as they aspire to be the everyday celebrities we see today. Another dream of hers is also not to be lonely. She explains to Lennie, '"I never get to talk to nobody. ...read more.


Crooks, the Negro stable buck, adds to the effect. At first, he is skeptical of George and Lennie's plan: '"Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'... Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It's just in their head.'" (74) However, when he learns of Candy's offer to contribute almost all of the money needed for the land, he wants to join them. Candy and Crooks's desire to join George and Lennie is an important factor in "interrupting the pattern of inevitability" and causing the reader to think that these characters might actually succeed in their dream. Dreams are a significant motif in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The author presents a couple of destitute workers driven by a single dream that seems unattainable. However, their friendship keeps the dream alive, and Steinbeck uses other characters to cause the reader to believe that they might actually succeed in their goals. Nevertheless, the dream is never fulfilled, and the characters who have counted on it the most are the ones who are the most devastated. Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. ...read more.

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