Hopes and dreams help people to survive even if they can never become real. How true is this for the characters of ‘Of Mice and Men’?
George has a dream, which is to live the American dream. The American dream was to ‘live off the fatta the lan’’. He realises that it would take a long time to gather all the money together to be able to afford the house, but this just gives George the incentive to work, as this quote suggests: ‘We gotta get a big stake together. I know a little place we can get cheap, but they ain’t givin’ it away.’ George realises that his dream is possible if he works hard at getting the money and he is trying his hardest to keep the dream alive.
There is one main dream in the novel ( that is when George ( Lennie dream about saving up the money to move to a better place where they can live ( Lennie is excited about being able to tend the rabbits. This helps Lennie to survive ( helps him work so they will find it easier to get the money together.
George has always dreamed about owning his own ranch and being his own boss and doing what he wants when he wants, ‘“We’d just do her,” George said, “We wouldn’t ask nobody if we could. Jus’ say, ‘we’ll go to her an’ we would.”’ It shows that they wouldn’t have to answer to anyone but themselves and if they wanted to do something they would and nobody would tell them otherwise.
The pair [George and Lennie] realise that if they are to live out the American dream of owning their own ranch, then they must work in co-operation with each other and this forms a close bond. George fills Lennie’s head with the idea that one day they will own their own farm and be independent, ‘”We’re gonna have a little house an’ a couple of acres.”’ Lennie delights in hearing George tell the story of how it is going to be for them in the future; however, there is always a suggestion that the Dream ranch will remain a story.
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