Dreams In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Grace Naylor Ms. McGowan English 9, Period 1 27 October 2011 Of Mice and Men Essay Dreams. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word? Aspirations, goals, and what people truly desire are what come to my mind. Of Mice and Men takes us on a journey with George Milton and Lennie Smalls, and teaches us all about dreams and what the people in this book truly desired. John Steinbeck makes it clear that each character has their own dream and they all would rather be living their dream than living and working on a farm. Steinbeck uses the characters Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy to demonstrate the necessity to have a dream for one’s life. Crook’s shows that it is necessary to have a dream for one’s life by explaining that all he wants out of life is to be accepted. He does not want to be judged by his race or color. He wants to be apart of the group and just have a good time, laugh, have fun, and just talk to people like the rest of the guys. He explains to Lennie one night, “I tell ya, a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (Steinbeck 80). Basically, Crooks is saying all he really wants is someone to talk to and just have someone to be there for him. It makes sad, and almost angry…show more content…
Curley’s wife rants one day to Lennie about how much better her life could be if she was not married to Curley. “I coulda been in the movies…coulda had nice clothes” (Steinbeck 92). She is saying that her life could have been a lot better than it is not. She could be out living her dream, but instead she is married to a jerk and is not even allowed to leave her house. She tells Lennie that she does not even like Curley and she could be living the good life. It goes to show that the paths you go down and the choices you make can really make a difference in your
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