Mental Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world...They ain't got nothing to look ahead to” (13). Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two migrant workers, Lennie Small and George Milton. These pairs travel together to find jobs, which is unlikely because most migrant workers work alone. They have this dream about getting a piece of land; a place of their own where they could raise all sorts of animals. Lennie is a big guy which is ironic because his last name is Small. He’s an innocent, child-like man that has a mental disorder. George, on the other hand, is a short, responsible and mature man that takes care of Lennie and his trouble. Candy is another worker at the ranch and he’s described as an old man with white whiskers and one hand. George, Lennie, and Candy all share a dream, which is to live on a patch of land all by themselves, but none of them achieve that dream because of Lennie’s actions. One reason why Lennie’s dream is not achieved is his mental illness. Lennie can’t control himself or his actions which is what mostly gets him in trouble. Steinbeck writes, “Lennie was in a panic. His face was contorted. She screamed then, and Lennie's other hand closed over her mouth and nose. ‘Please don't,’ he begged. ‘Oh! Please don't do that. George'll be mad.’ She struggled violently under his hands. Her feet battered on the hay and she writhed to be free, and from under Lennie's hand came a muffled screaming. Lennie began to cry with

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