Of Mice and Men Importance of Dreams

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Importance of Dreams in Of Mice and Men

Many people have dreams in Of Mice and Men but I intend to discuss the dreams of Lennie, Candy and Curley 's wife.

Lennie 's dream is of owning a farm of his own with George. In his dream he looks after the rabbits. He likes this idea because he likes to pet things and the small things he finds as he is travelling around, like mice, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them heavily. Rabbits are big enough for him to look after without hurting them. He also remembers that he used to pet rabbits when he lived with his Aunt Clara.

As George and Lennie travel around they tell each other their dream as a way of coping with the loneliness of being migrant workers in America in the 1930s. …show more content…

Curley 's wife has a different dream. She dreams of being a film star. She obviously hated the place where she grew up and when she was told she had the potential to be in movies she thought she could escape to Hollywood. However, she never got as far as Hollywood and ended up being trapped on the ranch with no one to talk to. Curley is not interested in her dream and the only person she finds to share it with is Lennie. Curley 's wife 's dream is also ended by Lennie.

All three dreams make me feel differently about the characters. Without his dream Lennie would have had no direction in his life and his behaviour would be annoying rather than sad. As it is, Lennie 's dream gives hope to George, Candy and even Crooks. Lennie 's ambition to look after rabbits shows him to be a gentle man in spite of the violence that goes on in the novel. Crooks ' dream of sharing in George and Lennie 's plans gives him more depth, particularly after the death of his dog. Curley 's wife 's dream reveals another side to her character. Generally in the story she appears to be trying to get the men into trouble, but her dreams and frustrations show that she is as lonely as the other people on the farm.

John Steinbeck makes very good use of dreams throughout the novel. Each character is shown to have greater depth than we might have expected and we are able to see how lonely and disappointed their lives are through the quite humble ambitions that they

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