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What is it about George and Lennies’s dream, which attracts others in the novella?

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What is it about George and Lennies's dream, which attracts others in the novella? In the novella 'Of Mice and Men,' George and Lennie have a dream. Like most itinerant workers in 1930s America, George and Lennie dream of their own piece of land. This dream, which allowed them to be their own master and to make a decent if unspectacular living, was part of the larger phenomenon of the American dream. According to George they would live 'off the fat of the land' and no one would order them around. However, the characters' hopes and ambitions are beyond their grasp due to flaws in their character like when Lennie killed Curley's wife. The characters' hopes and ambitions are also destroyed because of the nature of the society in which they live: one that was crippled by the economic depression, made worse by over farming. This led to hundreds of thousands of acres drying up, hence farmers could not face repayments to the bank and the land was taken away. The loss of farmland meant whole families moved west to California in hope of work, reflecting the context of Steinbeck's writing. George and Lennie's dream is important to them, as shown through George's continual references: 'When we get the couple acres I can let you tend the rabbits all night.' ...read more.

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Curley is symbolic of a cruel world that fails to understand dreams. The dream farm affects other characters in the play: Candy went on excitedly:' how much they want for a place like that?' After Candy's dog is shot, Candy loses his only companion. Candy and his dog are an obvious parallel to George and Lennie. This event adumbrates Lennie's own death at the end of the novella. The Dream Farm attracts Candy with offers companionship and security in his lonely old age. Candy in return offers his money that almost makes the 'dream farm' not just a hope, but also a reality. Crooks is also drawn to the 'dream farm,' as he wants to be free from the oppression he is faced with when people like Curley's wife show their superiority: 'Well, you keep your place, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny.' Crooks is a partial cripple in a society that values humans on their ability to provide a service, and his is also a Negro in a society that regards all non-whites as sub-humans. Crooks is excluded from the bunkhouse because of the colour of his skin. The reader is reminded of Candy's dog when Crooks tells us that white people say he stinks. ...read more.

Conclusion

The book is based on a poem by Robert Burns, 'To a Mouse'. The mouse represents humanity, as it is fragile in contrast to the forces that control our lives. The message is that despite suffering we need dreams to survive and gives our lives purpose. I believe the story to be a parable of the human condition. In conclusion, George and Lennie's 'dream farm' is important for what it stands for rather than what it comprises of. Companionship is the central theme in the novella and George and Lennie's companionship is exceptionally unique. If you compare back to when the novella was written and now you realise that people are much closer nowadays. The themes of the novella are still applicable to the reader today, but this can also mean the failure of dreams can happen in any decade. Even at the end after the dream is gone, George and Lennie are still friends as George kills Lennie, because it is better that the death is quick than slow. George's decision to kill Lennie came from loyalty, trust and friendship and to let Lennie die free amidst nature he gives a final description of the farm, leaving the reader on a reflective and emotive image. Although it is brutally shattered by the arrival of Curley and Carlson who are the two characters that symbolize the opposite of companionship. By Steven Barker ...read more.

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