of mice and men

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One of the major themes of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men is that having a dream creates hope, friendship, and determination, enabling one to strive onward in life with a sense of importance. Three major examples show this idea. The first example is Candy’s loss of his dog and his joining George and Lennie 's dream of owning land. A second example is Crook’s memory of his father’s chicken ranch. A third significant example is George and Lennie 's dream of having their own place. These three examples display the theme that having high aspirations breed hope, friendship, and determination, enabling one to strive onward with a sense of self-worth or importance. Candy’s loss of his dog and his joining George and Lennie 's …show more content…
In this passage Crooks alludes to his dream. He dreams of being able to communicate and be with others on an equal basis. He explains to Lennie that his “‟ol man didn’t like” the white kids playing with Crooks. He tells Lennie, “I never knew till long later why he didn’t like that. But I know” (p.47), implying that Crook‟s father was discriminated against because of his skin color. Crooks‟ longing for equality in the form of companionship is reiterated later in the same chapter when Crooks bitterly tells Lennie, “Spose you couldn’t go into the bunkhouse and play rummy „cause you was black. . .A guy needs somebody – to be near him. . .a guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you. . .a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick” (p.51). Crooks is sick. His illness stems from complete isolation, total discrimination. His illness is a bitterness caused by those discriminating against him. A third significant example is George’s and Lennie’s dream of having their own place. For George the idea of owning his own place would allow him to keep Lennie from getting into trouble. But more importantly, this dream makes George strive toward a goal. George‟s dream is not even close to becoming a reality until Candy offers to contribute three hundred and fifty dollars

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