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"To what extent do dreams and a desire to escape shape Steinbeck's novel, of mice and men?"

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"To what extent do dreams and a desire to escape shape Steinbeck's novel, of mice and men?" Apparitions and longing to want freedom, mold Steinbeck's tale Of Mice and Men. The American dream was a belief known and tried to be followed by all Americans which went by "Anyone can prosper or do well in life, as long as they work hard enough." George and Lennie 'Of Mice and Men' represent the typical life of a migrant worker and of the dream to own property and settle down in California - the promised land. George and Lennie's dream is to have their own piece of land, where they can support themselves with each other and finally be free from working for someone else. George's personal dream is to one day loose the responsibility of having such a heavy burden (Lennie) which he believes keeps him from being as successful as he wants to be. Curly's wife longs to be a movie star, living the glamorous life of the famous and ridding the reality she faces, being married to Candy is an unstable marriage and keeps her lonely and locked in the ranch where it strives for opportunity. ...read more.

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Hopes for a better life and a yearning to break free, underpin Steinbeck's work Of Mice and Men. Curly's wife is a troubled woman longing to be an actress and live the relaxing life of a movie star. "If I'd went, I wouldn't be living like this, you bet." She has the urge to escape the chains from Curly and his marriage, and most of all, the loneliness of the ranch. "I get awful lonely." This proves that she wants more than what she's getting. She is becoming increasingly lonely as much as she is becoming arrogant, believing that she has the looks and potential to be famous. The hopes for a better life and a yearning to break free, underpin Steinbeck's work. Fantasies and wanting freedom create Steinbeck's text Of Mice and Men. Crooks yearns to live a peaceful life, away from racist white men and to have his rights. "If you guys would want a hand to work for nothing, just his keep, why I'd come and lend a hand. I aint working like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to." He wants to escape the racism and prejudice held against him. ...read more.

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"tell you what, s'pose I went in with you guys?" This proves that he wants to escape the men of the ranch, the work and of course migrant labour. He wants to adapt to working little jobs like tending to the tomatoes or even cleaning the dishes. He is trying to say his working days are over, and that he needs to be set free into his own world. Dreams and a craving to want free will and liberation, construct Steinbeck's story Of Mice and Men. The way this tale is set reminds me of 'The Search for The Holy Grail' as if the characters all long and sought for their pleasure but it has never been accomplished or processed. Dreaming and yearning for happiness is so easy yet being able to make 'your dream come true' is known to be impossible. Lennie dreams of responsibility (tending the rabbits). George dreams of freedom from migrant labour and having his own land. Crooks dreams of self respect and Curly's wife is looking to make something of herself, although none of these hopes are ever to be fulfilled. I conclude that Dreams and a craving to want free will and liberation, construct Steinbeck's novel and that he is really reflecting on how petty today's world really is. Joanna Moran 9 Red Literary Essay ...read more.

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