The Importance of Dreams in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Essay

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The Importance of Dreams in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

'Of Mice and Men' was written in early 1936 by John Steinbeck. The New York Wall Street stock market crash in 1929 led to high economic depression and unemployment throughout America. Steinbeck's book describes the life of two migrant workers, Lennie and George, and their struggle to find work in California during the depression. To escape the severity of the era many migrant workers concentrated on and dwelt in the 'American Dream', the vision of owning their own piece of land, working for themselves, not having to sell their labour, and existing on the 'fat of the land.' Dreams, similar to literature, are a way of escaping the harsh
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We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us…. An' why? Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.'

Migrant workers normally go round the country looking for work by themselves because it is so hard finding work at this time for one person let alone more. George and Lennie however go round together due to a huge bond between them. Lennie needs George due to his simple mind and his tendency to not recall and George needs Lennie for companionship. When retelling their dream it is George who describes 'how it's gonna be' but Lennie often remembers bits of it though he has a poor memory which shows how many times George tells it and how important it is to Lennie.

Candy is a one-handed man who is quite elderly. He is kept in employment at the ranch in cleaning out the bunk houses but he is scared that he will be kicked out and have nowhere to go soon. Candy had a dog that was 'no good to himself or anyone else' and so Carlson, another man employed at the ranch, persuaded Candy to let him shoot the dog in the back of the head. When George and Lennie escape to their dream once more, Candy overhears them and is enticed by the idea. He persuades the two men to let him join in their dream and live with them in the house. Candy has three hundred and fifty dollars out of the six hundred dollars needed and