Dreams In Of Mice And Men

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A little girl dreams of becoming a princess, a teacher, or a mom. She gets older and realizes that in real life Prince Charming never comes riding on a white horse, becoming a teacher takes hard work, dedication and drive, and being a mom is harder than it looks. She finally matures, and comes to understand that to reach her dreams, she has to work hard, she cannot give up. Sadly, one aspect of dreams her ever so innocent mind may never accept is, some dreams do not come true. No amount of work can change that harsh fate. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck tells a tale of many different people striving to escape the grueling lifestyle of the Great Depression; Lennie, Curley’s wife and Candy all share the desire for a dream and the incapability …show more content…
He continuously asks George to tell him about this dream. He has a fascination with animals. Lennie seems to hurt everything he touches, humans let him know that, specifically George. Animals do not have the ability to express their feelings verbally. Lennie puzzles Curley’s wife with his obsession with the rabbits he is convinced he will have one day. “[He] likes to pet nice things. Once at a fair [he] seen some of them long-haired rabbits. An’ they was nice… Sometimes [he] even pet mice, but not when [he] could get nothing better” (Steinbeck 90). Lennie symbolizes a dangerously curious person who cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. This obsession with animals who that cannot express their feelings verbally leads to multiple deaths, including his own. When Lennie kills the animals, he does not do it on accident. Most of the time it is because they were trying to escape his grasp or because they bit him. He despises that fact that the animals do not accept his affection, the same way the girl did not allow him to touch her skirt in Weed. George, Lennie’s sensitive companion knows in order to keep Lennie safe he must end his life. Lennie does not know how to control his emotions when it comes to rejection. George himself understands that the dream may not come true but that is not even a thought in Lennie’s mind. George is aware of the importance of the rabbits and the dream …show more content…
She almost was a star, but the people in her life made it impossible for her to accomplish her goal, her dream. The people she surrounds herself with are detrimental to not only her dream but to her life. Her mother and Curly crushed her dream of ever becoming something, even her own person, and Lennie ends her life. She is “so preoccupied with her own misery… she does not realize her companion [Lennie’s] potential danger” (Dreams and Reality in Of Mice and Men 1). Whether or not she knew it she consciously bonds with Lennie because they both were striving for a dream that is just out of reach. The unpredictable behavior Lennie is known for, escapes her because sadness clouds her mind. One day an actor came and “he says that I could go with the show. But my ol’ lady wouldn 't let me. She says because I was on’y fifteen” (Steinbeck 88). Curley’s wife never had a chance of becoming everything she aspires to be. She is a women in the 1930s who has no one that believes in her. When a person has no one that believes in their abilities they start to doubt themselves and their self-esteem decreases. Once that happens, their chance of achieving the dream significantly decreases. Now, she is married to a man who sees her as nothing but a worthless pretty face. She understands Curley sees her for exactly that; after being called worthless enough times, a person starts to believe

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