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"Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck: The Theme Of Dreams In This Novel, But Explaining A Quote From The Story.

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"I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bundles on their backs and that same damn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come, an' they quite and they go on, an' never a god damn one of 'em never gets it. Just like heaven. Everybody wants a piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody never gets no land. It's just in their head. They're all the time talking about it, but it's jus in their head.""Of mice and men", written by John Steinbeck, the quote was taken form this novel. Spoken by a negro stable buck named Crooks on the subject of dreams. Broken,unachieved, unfinished and unreachable dreams is what the quote is about. One of the themes of the novel is the typical American dream. A dream for owning their own piece of land and working for oneself. Looking back at the title of the novel, it means that no matter bow hard or how well we plan out our dreams they will never turn out the way we want them to. For Lennie and George, the main characters, what was their dream? How important was it? What became of their dream at the end? In this essay I will analyze these important questions.Primarily, what had been Lennie and George's dream? Their dream had been for the two of them to won a piece of land and for Lennie to tend the rabbits. This had been their dream, to become their own boss, to be able to "Live off the fatta of the lan.'" As ranch hands they worked from one ranch to another, laboring for the benefit of whoever the boss was. To "live off the fatta of the lan'" simply means that they wanted to work and sweat for the benefits of themselves and not for some other person. In other words they wanted to reap the efforts of their hard work. Lennie and George shared this dream, but it was not only about them getting the profit. No it was more than that, they wanted a home above all else. A place of belonging instead of moving from one place to another, this was what their dream was about. As George had said to Lennie, "We'd jus live there, we'd belong there."In addition, how important is their dream for them? The dream they share...

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