Explain how the language in the extract influences the reader’s view of the importance of the dream to George and Lennie. (16)
The extract opens with Lennie ‘craftily’ speaking to George, asking him to “Tell me – like you did before”, hinting that the dream has been shared regularly between the two characters and remains a daily part of their lives. George’s instantaneous response of “You ain’t gonna put nothing over on me” suggests that although George is denying finding any significance in the dream, secretly he himself also hopes for the dream to come true. Lennie’s pleading and constant repetition of “Tell me… like you’ve done before” highlights the significance of the dream to both George and Lennie despite George’s denial, as it is clear to the reader that the dream has been shared numerous times and the reader can see that there were times where George was willing and did not deny wanting to reach their dream.