The Importance Of Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Is a dream just an idea, a random thought in the back of your mind, right? In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, characters like Lennie, Candy, and Curly’s wife prove that a dream is more than just an idea in your head, it is what they live for. This dream is what helps them get through hard times and keep persevering when nobody else believes in them or listens. These three characters, especially, have it hard but they have dreams in their minds that they have had for a while and that stand with them. Even if their dreams are super small or extremely big they still have a substantial impact on their lives. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses the aspirations of the characters on the ranch to demonstrate that dreams, big or small, …show more content…
Lennie’s biggest dream by far is to be able to “tend the rabbits,” on the farm George, Candy, and he are striving to buy. This dream makes his life worth living because every action of his, mainly bad ones, made him worry that “George ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits”(158). One of the bad things Lennie did was start talking to Curlys wife specifically when George told him not to and reacted by saying, “jus’ for that you don’t get to tend no rabbits”(102). Lennie most likely would have done more bad things if he didn’t have this worry that George would take away his dream that he looks forward to everyday. Also, if Lennie didn’t believe in this dream so strongly it would have died quickly and then he would really have nothing big to live for. That dream ties in with another dream of his, getting George’s approval. Lennie does not state in the book he wants it, but he is always making sure that George is “awright,” with the way he is acting, “I won’t get in no trouble, George. I won’t say a word”(62). In addition, Lennie wants to depict he is responsible since he is mentally disabled and will not mess things up, “like I done in Weed.”(49) When he is responsible and gets George’s approval then George will say, “you can tend em,” which is what makes Lennie’s few dreams truly worth …show more content…
Before she married Curley somebody had offered her a spot as an actress and she “coulda been in the movies an’ had nice clothes”(160). She lived for this dream because it was out of the ordinary, nobody imagined she could do it and she suspected that someone stole her acceptance letter, “I always thought my ol’ lady stole it”(160). When she didn’t get any letters she married Curly. He ruined her life in the way of friendship, “he ain’t a nice fella”(161). Curly doesn’t listen and forbids her to talk to any of the other men. Because Curly is the bosses son, the ranch hands are scared to get near him or his family so they don’t get fired. Lennie on the other hand becomes her friend and since he is mentally behind and doesn’t fully realize that there could be big consequences. Lennie was her last hope for friendship. All Curly’s wife wanted was to have friends she could talk to anytime, anywhere. She also wanted someone to talk to since Curly, most definitely, won’t listen to her. This is a dream that Curly’s wife will venture to make come true until the day she

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