Analysis Of George And Lennie And The Way They Are Inspired By Their Dream Of Liberty And Self Reliance

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Of Mice and Men explores the character’s endless search for security and independence, and voices their vision of achieving stereotypical happiness and gratification through life. The text discusses the visions of itinerant workers George and Lennie and the way they are inspired by their dream of liberty and self-reliance but ultimately restricted by social and economic conditions. It deals with their unrelenting desire to set up their own land but on an intrinsic level explores the ideals of characters and their hope of fulfilling their dreams of opportunity, equality and prosperity. Lennie’s tone of excitement in his effusive descriptions of living “off the fatta the lan” symbolises the aspiration of the disenfranchised as they confronted unemployment during periods of drought and a collapse of the capitalist economy following the Wall Street Crash(1929). The author explores the perceptions of George and Lennie through the repetition in “That’s it, that’s it, now tell how it’s like with us…” as the constant referral to the dream, but also underscores their immense desire to achieve this sense of beatitude and contentment. The use of accumulative native imagery in “willows fresh and green with every spring…sycamores with mottles, white recumbent limbs,” portray George and Lennie’s dream, reinvigorating the hopes of Candy, demonstrating that dreams often act as an antidote to disappoint and loneliness, paving the way for happiness. Nevertheless, the hard conditions and the…

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