Those Who Dream In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Those Who Dream In order to lead an interesting and exciting life, humans create goals and plans for themselves. By having something to look forward to in the future, people become more committed to taking action and getting things done. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses different characters in order to show how they each have divergent dreams. Steinbeck uses the perspectives of these characters and their actions to show how they attempt to reach their goals. While most of the characters were not successful they did not give up and kept on believing that one day they may still be able to reach their goals. Often times people set high goals and expectations for the future but usually get disappointed when things don’t occur the…show more content…
Some of the dreams that they had were somewhat achievable while some were quite unattainable. One of the bigger goals that George and Lennie had shared was to own a house with a farm that they could call their own. The thing that exited Lennie most about the idea of having their own farm was that he would have another one of his smaller dreams come true which was to have his own rabbits that he could tend. George said “...That’s all you ever can remember is them rabbits…” (Steinbeck 4) which shows how much Lennie cares to have this dream come true as that is the one thing he has memorized in a numerous amount of things he just could not remember. While these are positive hopes that the characters have, some of those hopes either get crushed or become more negative as the story goes…show more content…
The twist to this novel was that almost all of the character’s dreams were crushed in some way. For example when Lennie was telling Crooks how he and George were going to save up and buy their own land, Crooks told him “I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, ... an’ every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it…” (Steinbeck 74). This showed how Crooks was telling Lennie to give up on his dreams because George and him were never going to get that house they really wanted. But despite what Crooks told Lennie, Lennie still believed that George would find a way to make their dreams come true. Just like George and Lennie’s dreams, Curley's wife’s dreams were also crushed. When Curley's wife was talking to Lennie she told him about how if she didn’t listen to her mother and went with an actor she had met, she could have been a famous movie star but instead she ended up getting married to Curly. During the times that George got upset, he told Lennie how he could have had a better life without Lennie and would have accomplished many more things and have more fun if he didn’t need to always look after Lennie and take care of him. Because of Lennie’s mistakes, George’s plans and goals always got crushed since if Lennie did something wrong they would need to

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