The American Dream for George and Lennie is that they could have everything they wanted that was made by them and the dream was based on independence and freedom. It was the concept that they were able being their own boss and live on your own terms. The quote “live off the fat of the land” summarises the idea of being able to take whatever you made of the Earth. The word “fat” emphasises the idea that the land gives them so many precious things that they could simply live off. However this dream is somewhat crushed after Lennie’s death.
In the book, Of Mice and Men, dreams are what every character seems to be craving. In George and Lennie’s case, that something is land. It is natural for men in their situation, itinerant workers in the Great Depression, to imagine working on their own land and being their own bosses. Their dream is simple in some ways yet very complex in others. The dream apparently began as just a story that George told Lennie, perhaps as a way of calming Lennie down, or to keep him focused on working, but after some time, it seemed that George started to believe in the dream himself.
Without his dream Lennie would have had no direction in his life “an rabbit,.. An i’d take care of ‘em” As it is, Lennie's dream gives hope to George, Candy and even Crooks. Lennie's ambition to look after rabbits shows him to be a gentle man in spite of the violence that goes on in the novel. Candy doesn't have much hope at the start of the story, but when he meets Lennie and George and finds out what they are planning, he suddenly sees how his future could be different. “you know where’s a place like that?” When he hears George and Lennie's dream he sees a future in which he will own a farm and be forever safe from being canned. He
In the case of Lennie and George and their dream for a place of their own, it also means that they believe they will be able to survive and prosper by simply relying on what they can grow and raise -- that the land is so "fat" they will need nothing else to be happy. Chapter Two - Idioms bum steer: bum, in this instance, means false or erroneous. A bum steer is false information or directions. canned: fired clear out: leave for good done quite a bit in the ring: The ring here refers to a boxing ring. Candy is making a reference to the fact that Curley has done some boxing.
This is why the relationship is seen as very rare because of the dependency and how they were uncommonly united by their shared dream of a better life on a farm, where they can “live off the fatta the lan” as Lennie puts it. George articulates this vision by repeatedly telling the ‘story’ of the future farm to his companion; Lennie who believes unquestioningly in their dream and his faith enables George to imagine the possibility of this dream becoming reality. However, George’s belief in it depends upon Lennie, for as soon as Lennie dies, George’s hopes for a brighter future
In the book, “Of Mice & Men” by John Steinbeck, I feel like the main message that he is trying to convey to his readers is that in life, everybody has dreams and aspirations that they wish to achieve in life but the cold hard truth about is, no matter how hard you try or wish, dreams don’t always come true. The theme if everyone in life wants to “be somebody” is show in almost every character in the book... Lennie and George’s both have the goal of own having their own little land and being ranchers, but from the very beginning of the book, the foreshadowing made it relevant that is wasn’t going to happen. Another example of this theme would be Curley’s Wife who wants to move to Hollywood, California and become a big time actress but because her mother didn’t want her to leave home, her dream destroyed be she could even attempt it. I too can personally relate my own personal goals to this theme. My main dream in life is to grow up go move to Oregon and study Computer Science at the University of Oregon but I feel like no matter how I try, I will never be able to achieve that for many reasons.
We are also reminded of Lennie’s child-like nature by his devotion to rabbits; the rabbits are an important part of the novel, as the rabbits are the way George keeps Lennie from getting into trouble. George often reminds Lennie that he ‘aint gonna get in no trouble, because if you do, I won’t let you tend the rabbits”. Lennie’s devotion to George is equally as strong; he does everything George tells him to do, simply because George is his friend. Lennie and George’s relationship is awfully significant in the novel because it allows Steinbeck to how that people need companionship, everybody, even grown men need someone to keep them company, or they will get too lonely; as Lennie says: “I got you, George! An’ you got me!” As a socialist,
Up until now I have been deceiving myself. My father talked me up so much that I just believed him. But now I’ve changed. Telling my father would make no difference; he was so stuck in this idea of the American Dream even though he’d failed to achieve it. My father always believed the key to success was to be well liked and have a job, I don’t care for these things
Even though his aptitude is closer to a small company, he did not hesitate to decide to work for the big company because of reputation which he would be likely to obtain later. Eventually he quit his job and is looking for jobs proper to him. Likewise, people in Victoria age seemed not to be free from the eyes of other’s. Ironically, the movie ‘The importance of being Earnest’ is full of hypocrisy. Probably, the author ‘Oscar Wilde’ wanted to expose these hidden aspects of Victorians.
Topic does George repeat their dream just to please Lennie? I don’t think so I think it’s just to motivate the two men to keep going. The dream has the function of keeping them motivated to keep going and to keep on working. The dream is that in some point in time that George and Lennie are going to get a house and rabbits and so on. I think this may actually happen because Lennie thinks that it will happen and I think anything can happen in the future.