How Does Steinbeck Describe Lennie's Dream

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The people who succeed most in life are the ones who have realistic dreams and goals. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Lennie and George have a dream to own a farm and live of the fat of the land. To fulfill this dream, Lennie and George need to work to get the money they need to purchase the farm. However, Lennie struggles with touching soft things, killing anything that gives him tactile pleasure. Every time he makes a mistakes, he counts on George to get him out of it. Due to his disability, it is difficult for them to find a ranch that needs to their problems. They have traveled all around Northern California looking for work. Then they come across the Tyler Ranch. They meet many farmhands: Slim (a friend to everyone), Candy (an old …show more content…

After Lennie’s Aunt Clara dies, George took in Lennie as his own. He promised to keep Lennie safe from the outside world, considering his problems. It is not common to see two men traveling together, but because of their situation, they have to stick by each other's side. Because...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why” (14). Lennie creates tasks and goals while George figures out how they can reach these goals. In other words, George is the brain and Lennie is the brawn. When Candy decides to join in on the big dream, George fills in the tiny discrepancies and voila: the dream can be made a reality. However, they will never be able to go through with it because of Lennie. Every time Lennie and George go to a farm to work, Lennie always gets in trouble, and they have to find someplace else to make money. George continues to stick by him, though, because he remembers that he never means to cause trouble; he just can’t help himself. When Candy and George find Curley’s wife dead in the barn, George knows that the dream is no longer possible. "-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I know'd we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would” (78). He knows that Lennie killed her. He knows that Curley was going to want revenge. To save him, George shoots the poor, innocent migrant worker in the head so that he will not have to go through the pain that Curley will inflict on him. Now that George is alone, there is no dream and no shoulder to lay his head on. He must live the rest of his life as swamper; a person whom no one cares about. Not only is George’s life over, but Lennie never gets to pursue his own

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