I ain’t much good, but I could cook and tend chickens and hoe the garden some.’ ”(59). Candy thinks of himself as a useless old man with only one arm. However, Candy wants to help George and Lennie’s dream so he can at least be helpful before he dies of old age. He knows he is going to be fired soon so he’s giving the money to George and Lennie. Candy also tells Crooks about George and Lennie’s dream and invites him in on it.
Candy also indirectly talked about Lennie when Candy stayed with Curley's wife after she died. Candy whispered ¨Poor bastard¨ (98). Candy said this because he felt sorry that the farm hands were going after Lennie. The last character who talks about Lennie is Geroge. George is Lennie's best friend yet George talks about him the most.
Everyone aspires to achieve the American Dream: an opportunity to be successful by working hard. Throughout the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the American Dream brings hope for a better life to those who hold on to it. George Milton and Lennie Smalls, traveling ranch workers called bindle stiffs, dream of owning their own piece of land where they can create the rules. However, they are not the only characters with hopes and dreams. Steinbeck shows the American Dream is, in fact, sometimes only a dream through the hopes and actions of Lennie, Candy, and Curley’s wife.
In the novel, before George kills Lennie, Lennie escapes and goes to hide in the brush down by the river, he starts to hallucinate. He sees his deceased Aunt Clara whom is telling him that he should repay George for taking such good care of him not doing bad things. He also sees a giant rabbit who tells him that George is going to beat the heck out of him and then leave. Then Lennie yells George’s name and he comes. In the movie, Lennie has no hallucinations of his Aunt Clara and of a giant rabbit.
Although Lennie doesn't like the ranch, because of George's words and Lennie's trust in George, Lennie stays on the ranch. Their friendship is being tested with the trust that Lennie has in George. Another example of the trust between George and Lennie is when they are in the clearing. George tells Lennie if he gets in trouble to "come right here an' hide in the brush… Hide in the brush till I come for you." (15).
My definition of the American Dream is someone who starts from nothing and makes their way through life in a happy and healthy way. Not everyone is capable of reaching the American dream. In Of Mice and Men the American dream was not reached by Lennie and George. In A Raisin in the Sun, they too did not reach the American dream. The American dream is a difficult thing to accomplish even though many live their lives trying got achieve this dream.
When candy hears about the dream that George and Lennie have he wants to join them by giving them money so they could accomplish their dream ““S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hundred an’ fifty bucks I’d put in” (Steinbeck, 67) this shows that since Candy found friends he did not want to leave them since he is lonely, and he will do anything so he could stay with them. The futile part of this dream is that George does not want his help, and Lennie dies at the end which means Candy’s dream will never be
Characters George and Lennie share the unrealized dream to own a small farm. This does not happen because Lennie’s incompetence to listen to George and his compulsion to touch soft things. Candy’s dream of gaining something tangible after working hard is crushed when Lennie ruins the farm-plan by killing Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife wishes she was an actress away from the grasp of Curley and the ranch. This however, is foolish because as a child she was called a fantastic actor.
He knew that if Curley found George with Lennie, Curley would have thought that George in on the plan the entire time. This is why Curley says “You George! You stick with us so we don’t think you had nothin’ to do with this”(Steinbeck 98). Though some may say that George shouldn’t have killed Lennie only because he didn’t want Curley to do it, George knew and understood how Candy felt when Carlson killed his dog. Ince Candy’s dog was Candy’s best friend, George knew how much pain Candy went through when he had to witness his own dog getting killed by somebody other than himself.
But sadly the intimacy of George and Lennie didn’t last long because of Lennie’s mental state. Although George had Lennie he had always felt lonely before he died because of his state and probably will after he dies. Other characters who were similar to George was Candy. Both are similar because they had a choice to kill something they most valued and were told to do it without a desire. Candy had a choice to kill his dog but didn’t do it because he didn’t want to hurt