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"Dreamers Are Fool's, And Of Mice And Men Proves This" To What Extent, If Any, Do You Agree With This Statement?

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"Dreamers are fool's, and Of Mice and Men proves this" To what extent, if any, do you agree with this statement?How can you define a fool? The word fool is most commonly mistaken as someone who is, idiotic, unintelligent, or stupid. But throughout the human race there are numbers upon numbers of intelligent fools. People do foolish things everyday; it is the nature of the human race. Mistakes are made, but they teach valuable lessons, and they do not make a person any less intelligent. Subsequently, there are many intelligent people who don't dream. They go about their daily lives and accept what they have without having anything to look forward to. For some people, this is a desired state of being, and for others, it is a cursed one.Dreamers, however, use dreams to escape reality; they look on the bright side of all things and are generally content with themselves, because they believe in the back of their mind that their dreams will come true, no matter how many hardships they have to bear in the process.These two groups of people exists in the story 'Of Mice and Men.' To some extent they are examples of fools, both intelligent and unintelligent.African American men and women in the 1930's and 1940's were doomed from birth. Negroes, or 'Niggers' as White Americans labelled them, were looked upon as nothing more than labourers, and not worthy of white human company. Crooks, the African American Stable Buck, is no exception. He has no real dreams of his own, no hopes for the future. He has listened to people telling that he was worthless and no good for so long hat he eventually believed them. Crooks' desperation and loneliness is excruciating, even more so than his crippling back pain (hence the name 'Crooks'). He longs for human company, and reading books and playing horseshoes 2 or 3 times a week is simply not enough. "Book's ain't no good. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody!" He becomes jealous of the friendship that Lennie shares with George. He becomes bitter and twisted and tries to use his realism to crush Lennie's dreams for the simple reason that he has none himself and desperately wants someone to understand the way he is feeling. But with Lennie comes a faint glimmer of hope that he too could escape the ranch and live of 'the fatta the lan''. He decides that for a brief moment that he can borrow someone else's dream and live peacefully until the end of his days, to escape the discrimination. For him, George and Lennie's dream is an escape. But it turns out that he will be forever a victim of racism and discrimination.Candy starts off as a presence than an actual person. He is always around but none of the other ranchers really notice that he is there. However, he feels no loneliness or discontentment because he has the companionship and loyalty of his faithful dog. His only worry is that he is getting old, and with only one hand, he will no longer be any use to ranch as a swamper, and he will be kicked out. He too has no dreams of...

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