Me an’ Lennie an’ George. We gonna have a room to ourselves. We’re gonna have a dog an’ rabbits an chickens.’ ” (76). Candy thinks the more people there is to help George and Lennie’s dream the better because cooperation is the best option. Candy feels very helpful because he wants George and Lennie attain their dream and by doing that, he invites Crooks and himself to join in with them.
Similarly, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “Sympathy” depicts a speaker who longs for freedom and change. The characters in Of Mice and Men and the speaker in “Sympathy” both pursue dreams that give them hope for new beginnings, but also cause difficulty for them or the people around them. Dreams are able to influence people’s lives in a positive way in the sense that they offer a glimmer of hope. In the first chapter of John Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men, he makes it clear that George and Lennie have big dreams of owning their own farm writing, “‘ Someday- we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and--” (14). Lennie interrupts, “‘An’ live off the fatta the
He explains the compassionate side of George, while also demonstrating George’s discontent with taking care of Lennie. George expresses to Lennie that he would be better off if he didn’t have to always look after Lennie and bail him out of trouble. However, when George thinks of the dream the two share of one day owning their own farm, he cannot help forgiving Lennie. The idea of this dream becomes very important in the development of their relationship. Overall, the relationship the two share is a unique one, whereas they both make up for what the other one seems to lack, which gets the two through difficult times presented to them in their
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck has a powerful setting that combines well with the tone of the story. The story setting takes place through the Great Depression, which left several people in vain for work and money. Tone is explained to be the attitudes that an author has towards a subject. From the beginning of the book readers become aware of the tone being sympathetic, realistic, and honest. Although Steinbeck shows sympathy for his characters, it doesn’t compel him to give the story a “happily ever after” ending.
A big part of the George and Lennie’s lives is the dream that they share: to make enough money and buy their own ranch and be able to grow crops and raise animals. Lennie has a very big attraction to soft things that he can pet; this gets him in trouble throughout his life. Many events in Of Mice and Men are foreshadowed such as Curley’s wife’s untimely death, the loss of the farm dream, and Lennie’s death. In the novel Lennie shows great interest in petting soft things, and it is also shown that Lennie normally kills the things he pets. However, Lennie and George were caught in a situation in Weed where Lennie grabbed onto a girls dress and this got him and George into serious trouble.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the era of the Great Depression in the 1930’s is revealed through a simple story of ranch workers who hope to improve their lives. Migrant workers, George and Lennie, have a friendship that is based on trust and protection. The other workers lack the companionship and bond that these two men have. In the novel, the absence and presence of friendship is the motivation for the characters’ actions. The relationship between the characters George and Lennie is a strong example of friendship in this novel.
In this chapter, the gloom is relieved by the hopeful planning of the three men — George, Lennie, and Candy — toward their dream. For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. He knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs. But while Steinbeck includes this story of hope, the preponderance of the chapter is dark. Both the shooting of Candy's dog and the smashing of Curley's hand foreshadow that the men will not be able to realize their
Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago a Shepard whose life changes once he finds out about a treasure from his frequent dreams and meets a strange man who helps him to start his personal legend. On Santiago’s journey he starts to see the hidden meanings behind daily life creating the thesis that through seeing and understanding symbols behind the world people can learn about their own personal legend and live life to the fullest. Santiago’s life starts out all about his sheep, he chose to be a shepherd, so he could travel and meet new people. Santiago’s job is to take care of the sheep, but the sheep have more meaning in the story. The sheep represent how he is comfortable in his life and how he is questioning his frequent dream, to sacrifice his comfortable life to find this treasure or to continue without taking the risk.
The symbols help her make clear that Chris is indeed taking refuge in a world of illusion, a world he finds better suited to the sensitive person that he is. Firstly, the miniature saddle that is mentioned in both the beginning and end of the story is a symbol of Chris’s need to escape reality. The saddle has criss-crossed lines sewn on which is a brand for Chris’s “ranch” in Shallow Creek. When Vanessa asks Chris about the ranch he only ever talks about the imaginary ranch. Chris describes the ranch to be like a place of refuge or paradise.
The cliche describes a man, George, who attempts to bring reality to his dreams, but constantly debates whether or not he should leave his only source of companionship for his ambitions. Since the first introduction, George is witnessed to feel remorseful after howling at Lennie several times,clearly indicating that he cares about him. Secondly, George recognizes the consequences of traveling the land alone and indirectly thanks Lennie for their friendship. At last, even when George faced the ultimate sight of his friend, he hesitantly carried out the deed as a favor to end Lennie’s suffering. In the end, every novel, every work of literature has a basic cliche at the roots.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck illustrates the power in the use of symbolism to deliver an overall message on the hope of living the American Dream. The farm symbolizes the hope which leads to the indulgence of living “off the fatta the lan” (15). The dream farm is a necessity not a want in the lives of Lennie and George because they are so engraved in this dream farm that it has become the reason why they are friends, why they have hope for a better life, why they are enduring the obstacles that has cross their paths. While the illusion of reaching the American Dream and being able to control their lives as they reach it has a positive impact on the well being of Lennie and George, it is not a reality because there will always be a goal,