A Comparison Of Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Do you have weekend plans that you are looking forward to, making your week seem a little less harsh? Many times, this is the case for people. They make plans and they look ahead to these plans. Looking forward to something gives us a reason for excitement. Being excited makes life way more enjoyable. When life is enjoyable, it is easier. The same is true with dreams. When someone has a dream, they will do anything to accomplish it, even if that means doing nothing for a little while. Dreams allow people to have more optimistic takes on life. In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Candy, Curley’s Wife, and Lennie, all allowed their dreams to get them through tough times.

The first example of this is Candy. Candy was able to live a more excited, happy life after he was to invited into Lennie and George’s plan to purchase a farm. He often thought about their soon to be home. He was able to convince Lennie and George to let him join in, and had something to live for again. “Candy smiled, ‘I got it figured out. We can make some money on them rabbits if we go about it right.” -Pg. 75, Of Mice and Men. This quote shows that
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Curley’s wife was able to survive the struggles of an abusive husband by holding fast her dream of being in movies. Whenever Curley was aggressive towards his wife, she would think about the life she could have had, or maybe even could still have. This would make her situation a little more bearable. An excellent supporting quote on this is “Well, I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I oughtn’t to. I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.”...”Coulda been in the movies an’ had nice clothes-all them nice clothes they wear. An’ I coulda sat in them big hotels an’ had pitchers took of me-when they had those previews I coulda went to the, an’ spoke in the radio, an’ it wouldn’a cost me a cent because I was in the pitcher.”- Pg. 89, Of Mice and Men. This excerpt shows that Curley’s wife used her dreams as an

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