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Brian Ham Engl 1302 Ms. T.L. Ware 4/30/08 Some May Say I’m a Dreamer John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is more than just a tragedy. It is a representation of the hopes and dreams of the people living in California, as well as the whole country, in the 1930’s. Many dreams are portrayed in the novella from George and Lennie’s hope for their own place to Curley’s wife’s desire to be in the movies. Each person’s dream for a better life shows another aspect of the realities of the times. George has a simple dream. He has the “American Dream” that one day he will live on his own land and provide for himself. He hopes that one day him and Lennie can stop going from job to job, ranch to ranch, and finally get their own place where they don’t take any orders or have to meet any deadlines. This was probably many people’s dream back in the 1930’s as the depression had brought hard times upon the country and Steinbeck uses George’s character to portray the “American Dream” lasting even through hard times. George also serves as a way for Steinbeck to critique some of the social conditions of the time (Attell 254). I think that another reason George has this dream is because of his love for Lennie. The way George always describes it to Lennie makes it seem like a very safe place without a way for Lennie to really get into trouble. So, George wants to get this place to better protect Lennie. While Lennie shares the same dream of getting the place where he and George can live peacefully without having to answer to anyone, his motives are not the same as
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George’s. George’s reasoning for the dream is based on society during the time whereas Lennie’s reasoning for the dream is sheer human desire.
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