How Does Steinbeck Show the Power of Dreams and Dreaming in of Mice and Men

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How does Steinbeck show the power of dreams and dreaming in the novel?-- Draft Dreams are an important part of life and are represented through many characters in ‘Of Mice and Men’, showing it to be an important theme in the novel. All the main characters have a dream, and during the time that the novel was set, the American Dream had the power to shape lives and change these migrant workers’ decisions. The ‘American Dream’ is that everyone in America has equal opportunities and can be successful if they are willing to work hard for them. A stereotypical American Dream was to settle down, and have a family and an economically stable home, much like George and Lennie’s dream of owning their own farm and being their own bosses; their family was each other. Unfortunately this was not really possible in the 1930s, as people were prejudiced against the mentally handicapped, such as Lennie, and the Wall Street Crash, followed by the Great Depression, meant that the characters could suddenly end up unemployed and starving. George had two dreams, one was the stereotypical American Dream: to have his own farm with Lennie (and Candy) and ‘live off the fatta the lan’,’ without a boss to answer to. His other fantasy is of life without Lennie, who often caused him trouble and constantly needed looking after, ’I never get no peace.’ Without Lennie, George could be like any other worker, only looking out for himself and not caring as much about the way he leads his life. However, George needed Lennie for companionship to help make their joint dream vivid and keep them going. This also links to the theme of loneliness and companionship, and shows how two men travelling together was a rare situation. This illustrates how badly they needed each other. Other characters had big dreams too, such as Crooks, who wanted to join George, Lennie and Candy, or Curley’s Wife whose main
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