The Role Of Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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It was 1930 around the time of the Great Depression. People didn't have food, lost their jobs, and didn't have much money thus leading to large amounts of migrant workers. As you can imagine, this desperately led people for hopes of a better life. People dreamed to have a place of their own, among them was Lennie and George. Lennie and George were migrant workers that traveled together from place to place trying to get a job in desire that soon enough they would have money and be able to afford their own piece of land. Steinbeck shows how events conspire against the apperception of one's dream. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses George and Lennie’s dreams to show that any dream, big or small, can cause motivation. Most importantly…show more content…
Owning and tending the rabbits mainly Lennie's dream but both of them want a farm. It was evident that Lennie and George wanted nothing more than to have a farm of their own as shown in this quote; “OK 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- An’ live off the fatta the lan’.” (p.14). This quote demonstrates their aspiration to possess their own land, Because of the time period in which Steinbeck writes the book, this was what was known as the “American Dream”, which served as deep motivation to many. Workers like Lennie and George have no family, no home, and very little control over their lives “With us it ain't like that. We got a future.”(p.14).George emphasizes that their dream makes them special. He makes it clear to Lennie that regardless of not having much they are different from other wandering migrant workers who have no family and no home. Aware of their disadvantage, George still wants to see Lennie and himself flourish as well as have control over their own lives. This idea of such power gives Lennie and George such ambition and drive to work harder and turn their dreams into
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