Key Themes in Of Mice and Men - DREAMS

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Key themes in "Of Mice and Men" ­ Dreams
In John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", another huge theme is that of
dreams, and how they are shattered. Lots of characters have dreams,
for example: George, Lennie, Candy, Curley's wife and Crooks.
George, Lennie, Candy and Crooks
George and Lennie arrive at the ranch in the hope that when they make
enough money, they will be able to buy the little piece of land that
they've been after: where Lennie can "tend the rabbits". This is incredibly
important to Lennie, as he's shown to forget everything he's been
told...everything except "them rabbits". George and Lennie truly believe
they can get their dream, even more so when Candy agrees to chip in.
Crooks, however, tries to warn them that it won't happen, as it is the
common "American Dream" (during this period of time, many migrant
ranch workers used to travel looking for their own land, and very few
managed to find it.) Crooks explains that he once had everything that
George and Lennie dream about, but it got taken away from him ­ just
like it will from George and Lennie. This dream is shattered when Lennie
accidentally kills Curley's wife, so George has to take it upon himself to
kill Lennie.
Curley's wife
Curley's wife also had a dream that was shattered in front of her. She
wanted to become an actress and met a man who told her he would
make her famous, and just as she began to trust him, he let her down,
and she ended up marrying Curley. Her dream of becoming a star was
broken, just like George, Lennie, Candy and Crooks' dream of their piece
of land was. This shows that dreams in that period of time were just
that dreams. They rarely became a reality.


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