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What is the importance of the theme of dreams and ambition in of Mice and Men? In America during the 1930's many farmers went bankrupt and were evicted from home.

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What is the importance of the theme of dreams and ambition in of Mice and Men? In America during the 1930's many farmers went bankrupt and were evicted from home. The evictions were the start of the American depression era. The American depression era was a time of great unemployment which affected everyone from the rich to the poor. At this time many people were lacking in many important essentials, because of the lack of essentials the depression forced people to dream generate ambitions for a better life. In Steinbeck's novel, George is lacking in many important essentials so he has plenty of dreams and ambitions. Early on in the story George 'exploded' about the essentials he hadn't got. He tells Lennie that he could 'go get a job an' work' or 'take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want'. ...read more.


He makes it seem as though nature is responding to George's happiness. Writing 'The red light dimmed on the coals'. This image gives the feeling of calmness and happiness. At the end of the novel we find that like all other men during the American depression era George's dreams and ambitions don't come true. Candy is another character in Steinbeck's story that has similar dreams and ambitions to George. Candy is an insecure and old man who isn't as poor as George, but still misses the essentials of life. Candy had been working on a ranch for a long time. When he hears about George's idea he is very excited. Lying on his bunk Candy first hears about George's dream. Straight away Steinbeck gives us the impression Candy is interested by writing 'old candy turned slow over, his eyes were wide open', which gives the readers the impression that Candy likes what he hears. ...read more.


She angrily explains that she 'gets lonely' and she 'can't talk to noboby but Curley'. 'Her face grew angry' when Lennie keeps on pleading her to leave him. Throughout her talk with Lennie she uses a bitter tone to describe how 'none of them cares how I gotta live'. Steinbeck shows how desperate Curley's wife is to have conversations when he writes that 'she went on with her story quickly, before she could get interrupted'. Which shows that all Curley's wife wants to do, is continue talking whilst she has the chance. The theme of dreams coming true is constant throughout the story. In the end we find that George's, Candy's and Curley's wife dreams do not come to anything. Steinbeck purposely links this to the fact that during the American depressions era no ones dreams were meant to come true. In summary, the importance of the them of dreams and ambitions in of Mice and Men, is to prove people with the hope in a time of great depression. ...read more.

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