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The Beauty Of Their Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck shows that this is not always true. George, Lennie, and Candy have the same dream of having their own land. Although they all dream of an independent life, they do not achieve their goals because of Lennie’s behavior and actions.

George wants to have his own farm and doesn’t want to work for others. George couldn’t accomplish that dream because he had to take care of Lennie. “ … I told his old lady I’d take care of him. ...” (22). In this quote, George talks about how Lennie was his cousin and told his aunt, Aunt Clara, that he would take care of him and from then Lennie has been following George and now he considers him as a brother. Another reason of why George couldn’t achieve his dream was because of Lennie’s death. “He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering” (106). This quote talks about how George had to kill Lennie because of the trouble he caused, killing Curley’s wife, killing the puppy, and hanging on to the red dress that the girl was wearing. Lennie’s behavior caused George to give up on the dream that they had been building for themselves. Lennie had always been like a brother to George. Killing Lennie himself was hard for him. Choosing to take care of Lennie had a
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