The Role Of Hope In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men and the 1930’s – Final Essay Hope is what keeps one going on in life. It provides an individual with the idea of a better place or time he will be taken to and therefore something to look forward to. It creates both purpose and meaning; things that people always strive for in order to achieve happiness. The 1930’s were known for many significant events, but the Great Depression clouded them all. The Great Depression was an era after World War II marked by inflation, economic chaos, poverty, and many more devastating financial problems. Available jobs were scarce during that time and unemployed men were truly desperate for any form of work. Therefore, this era was a time to hope and dream in order to have something to look forward to. People suffering in the Great Depression got their perseverance from their hopes of a better future. In the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck,…show more content…
While Lennie and George’s dream was to own a ranch, they chose to tolerate the misfortune they were living through, having their ranch-to-be as something to look forward to. Unlike George and Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife dreamed of being treated in an approving manner. They both wished to be respected, but they differed in the way they chose to gain such respect. Crooks showed a sense of opposition and hatred to his white fellow ranch workers, however Curley’s wife chose to broadcast herself as much as it took to become noticed by the men. Although few dreams may be unrealistic, one continues to dream for a source of hope and optimism. Dreams are one’s support system as well as their destination. One would not head anywhere in life, nor would he be successful, should he not dream of a place or object he sought to reach or
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