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The Importance Of Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The Importance of Dreams in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

'Of Mice and Men' was written in early 1936 by John Steinbeck. The New
York Wall Street stock market crash in 1929 led to high economic
depression and unemployment throughout America. Steinbeck's book
describes the life of two migrant workers, Lennie and George, and
their struggle to find work in California during the depression. To
escape the severity of the era many migrant workers concentrated on
and dwelt in the 'American Dream', the vision of owning their own
piece of land, working for themselves, not having to sell their
labour, and existing on the 'fat of the land.' Dreams, similar to
literature, are a way of escaping the harsh reality of the present and
escaping to an idealised future, through your imagination.

Lennie Small and George Milton have had to leave their work in Weed
due to a misunderstanding of Lennies' intentions concerning a girl in
a red dress. Forced to flee without their wages, it would seem that
their chances of establishing enough money for completing their dream
is improbable. The two, however, are offered employment in a ranch for
one hundred dollars a month. Throughout the story when the present is
bleak and their future appears unwelcoming the two escape into their
shared dream, into the 'American Dream'. Lennie Small, contrary to his
name is incredibly big and strong though he is simple and somewhat
restricted mentally. George on the other hand is small and quick with
a sharp brain. The two are an unlikely pair but have an extremely
strong friendship, George explains when re-telling their dream:

'guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the
world. They got no family. They don't belong to no place…..With us it
ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that
gives a damn about us…. An' why? Because I got you to look after me,
and you got me to look after you, and that's why.'

Migrant workers normally go round the country looking for work by
themselves because it is so hard finding work at this time for one
person let alone more. George and Lennie however go round together due
to a huge bond between them. Lennie needs George due to his simple
mind and his tendency to not recall and George needs Lennie for
companionship. When retelling their dream it is George who describes
'how it's gonna be' but Lennie often remembers bits of it though he
has a poor memory which shows how many times George tells it and how
important it is to Lennie.

Candy is a one-handed man who is quite elderly. He is kept in
employment at the ranch in cleaning out the bunk houses but he is
scared that he will be kicked out and have nowhere to go soon. Candy
had a dog that was 'no good to himself or anyone else' and so Carlson,
another man employed at the ranch,...

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