Significance Of Dreams In Of Mice And Men

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Reaching dreams are the ultimate motivation behind the characters in the novel. Lennie had an abundant amount of faith in his dream of “living off the fatta the lan.” George is convinced that this could actually happen. Soon Lennie and George are motivated by their dreams and start to work harder. Steinbeck shows in his novel how dreams often play a huge role in your survival when you are living in a lonely world. Crooks, the black stable-hand, saw men on the ranch come and go, “the same damn thing in their heads” (Steinbeck 73). Crooks soon becomes lonely and miserable, losing his own hopes and dreams. Curley’s wife believes that she “coulda made somethin’ of myself” and says, “Maybe I will yet” (Steinbeck 87). This shows that she dreams to …show more content…
The story shows how dreams can cause both positive and negative results. It is because of the American Dream that they work hard, but if Lennie were not obsessed with rabbits, he would not have killed Curley’s wife. Lennie and George hoped for rich and fertile land which was completely opposite of what was actually around, dust and dirt. Most of the characters in the story showed some sort of aspiration or dream that completely contrasted from the setting. The book showed that Soledad is everything except a place to fulfill dreams. Steinbeck saw the truth in what was happening during the Great Depression, wishing for everything, and getting nothing. Everyone wanted their own land to live off, but the reality was they did not have enough money to buy the land; rarely dreams of having land came true. From the very beginning, Of Mice and Men shows a picture of misery and hardships.
Loneliness is a feeling that many characters in this story experience. Of Mice and Men is filled with characters that are unable to get rid of their lonely lives. According to Beatty, “loneliness and the land dream are both personified in the characters of George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men and so critics ' attention has traditionally focused on them” (Isaacs). Loneliness is like a virus and it can kill the human spirit. Steinbeck shows in his story how people were motivated to find friendship to escape their
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Throughout the story there were many different examples of friendships. According to Hart, “the greatest act of friendship is to take whatever action is required to assure that a helpless friend does not needlessly suffer” (Hart). George takes care of Lennie no matter what. George was such a great friend towards Lennie, he helped him get a job and he told the boss how great of a worker Lennie was and how strong he was. “He’s a good skinner. He can rassle grain bags, drive a cultivator. He can do anything. Just give him a try” (Steinbeck 22). Even though George gets impatient and annoyed with Lennie and says that his life would be better off without him, he still sticks by his

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