Of Mice And Men Dream Farm Analysis

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The Destiny of Dreams “‘Tell me--like you done before.... About the rabbits.’”(Steinbeck 13). Lennie always wanted to know about the rabbits on the dream farm George and him were going to get after they worked long and hard at farms all over the place. The dream slowly became a method of motivation for George and Lennie to work hard and work well. In the book Of MIce and Men by John Steinbeck this was difficult at sometimes because Lennie didn’t know the difference between right and wrong; he didn’t have a filter between what he should and should not do. On the other hand, George was short tempered and needed Lennie to keep him sane. They went to work at a farm to keep their dream going but the events that happened there shattered the idea …show more content…
The dream farm could symbolize many things: belonging, fitting in, independence, the future, or even love. But mainly, it symbolizes motivation and happiness. The dream farm gives George, Lennie, and even Candy a nagging thought in the back of their head that once they get through everything, they will be rewarded. The theme and the symbol’s connection is shown when George is about to kill Lennie and “Lennie turned his head and looked off across the pool and up the darkening slopes of the Gabilans. ‘We gonna get a little place,’ George began… ‘Go on,’ said Lennie…. ‘Go on, George. When we gonna do it?’ ‘Gonna do it soon… Ever’body gonna be nice to you. Ain’t nobody gonna be no more trouble. Nobody gonna hurt nobody nor steal from ‘em.’”(Steinbeck 105-106). Lennie was completely mesmerized with the thought of the dream farm and he couldn’t take his mind off it. This shows the theme because, once again, Lennie was being controlled by it. He was so controlled that it distracted him from the men shouting to each other. It distracted him from George picking up the gun and putting it to the back of his head. This also shows the symbolism of the dream farm. Lennie was gifted a large piece of happiness just from George talking about the possibility of them getting a farm and living on their own, not having to rely on anyone else to survive. The theme and the symbol are connected because the dream to get the dream farm was motivational and …show more content…
The dream farm represents motivation and happiness to the characters in the story and this leads to the theme because the motivation, at times, can become controlling. George, Lennie, and Candy were all motivated at one point to get the dream farm but they were also controlled by it at points in the story. The rabbits were Lennie’s favorite part of the dream farm and they might’ve even controlled him more than anyone could ever know. As things usually go, the destiny of dreams is not always what they were meant to

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