Hopes and Dreams

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Hopes and Dreams are important in ‘Of Mice and Men.’ Discuss Hopes and dreams are important in ‘Of Mice and Men’ because of its point of view and Steinbeck’s understanding of the impossible ‘American Dream’ and the harsh and cruel world of the 1930’s Depression.

Hopes and dreams are important in ‘Of Mice and Men’. In a world where it is impossible to have a friend, to talk to and to listen to, the hope of a dream coming true is the only thing that can keep the workers going during the harsh times of the 1930’s. Throughout the novel, the workers all live in an unrealistic world of an impossible dream. You read about Lennie, the gentle giant, who believes in the dream so much that he influences some of the other characters to believe in it as well. Crooks and Candy, who are both getting old and very lonely, both wish to escape to this magical fairyland where everything is perfect. It is this ideal world that drives George and Lennie to stick together, to achieve their goal. They both came very close but in the end, George had to face reality that it just wasn’t going to come true and had to end it by saving Lennie from a very cruel fate. Although the dream did not come true, it is the hope of the dream which motivates all the characters in the novel.

Friendship has a very strong influence in the novel. In the novel friendship isn’t valued by the other characters. Slim ‘the Prince of the ranch’ is the only one who recognises the powerfulness and fragility of such a priceless bond. Throughout the novel you know George holds desperately to the bond he has with Lennie, when he says ‘You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out.’ Feeling age old guilt and the fear of being alone, George jumps to Lennie’s rescue every time Lennie is challenged, finding a way for them to stay together. Steinbeck shows how loneliness twists a person’s mind. Crooks, who is black and unwelcome, preys on Lennie who is weaker than him by suggesting ‘Suppose George...
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