The Importance of Dreams in of Mice and Men

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America,in the 1930s, was very difficult for migrant workers. George and Lennie are two men who constantly need and want to find work. In the novel Of Mice and Men it states, “Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders.” (Steinbeck 2) George is a short, strong gentleman with restless eyes who looks after Lennie. Lennie is taller with a shapeless face, who walks heavily and clumsily. Lennie has a mental disability and George has to look after him by guiding him through everyday life. Each day is a struggle for both Lennie and George, because they regularly get into trouble at places where they might have been successful. Although times get rough for the inseparable duo, they have a constant reminder of what to work towards; they have a dream.

Lennie's dream is of owning a farm of his own with George. In his dream he keeps and looks after the rabbits. He favors this idea because he tends to pet things he finds as he travels around. The mice he finds, among other small furry creatures, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them too hard. Rabbits are big enough for him to look after without hurting them. This thought of the dream acts as a motivator for Lennie, because he continues to think about the farm they’re going to have and the rabbits he is going to take care of. While talking about rabbits and rodents, he also remembers that he used to pet rabbits when he lived with his Aunt Clara. It was just after George took one of Lennie’s mice away when he said, “Don’t even remember who that lady was. That was your own Aunt Clara. An’ she stopped givin’ ‘em to ya. You always killed ‘em.” Lennie was upset that he kept killing the small animals, so he responded with, “I wisht we’d get the rabbits pretty soon, George. They ain’t so little.” (Steinbeck 9-10)

As George and Lennie travel around, they remind each other of their dream as a...
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