Dreams And Misfortune In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Dreams and Misfortune

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a novel that provide us a story about characters who were bemused between reality and dreams. “I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; 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. Just like heaven.” (pg. 74) Dreams and misfortune comes together and is shown constantly throughout the course of the books through the main characters in Of Mice and Men.

Candy cried, “Sure they all want it. Everybody wants a little bit of land, not much. Jus’ som’thin’ that was his. Somethin’
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He says I could go with that show. But my ol’ lady wouldn’t let me. She says because I was on’y fifteen. But the guy says I coulda. If I’d went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet.” (pg. 88) Curley’s wife is another character which relates strongly to dreams. She does not want to live the way she is living right now, the in ranch with a man she does not care about. She’d always wanted to be an actress but things did not turned out as as well as she had hoped. Her dreams are crushed by the misfortunate event of her old lady stopping her from getting into acting career. “‘Nother time I met a guy, an’ he was in pitchers. Went out to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I is a natural. Soon’s he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write me about it.” “I never got that letter she said. “I always thought my ol’ lady stole it. Well, I wasn’t gonna stay in no place where I couldn’t get nowhere or make something of myself, an’ where they stole your letters. I ask her if she stole it, too, an’ she says no. So I married Curley.” (pg. 88) Curley’s wife thought marrying Curley would be an escape from her controlling mother and an opportunity to get into the acting career. She soon later realized that marrying Curley was just a mistake and doesn’t benefit her in anyway. Just like Candy, she was let down when her dreams were not
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