Every people dream and wonder around in their minds about special things. Dreams and hopes can be very important for people’s needs. In most cases, dreams can be misled because of the reality. It is very difficult to describe them because they are not the same for everybody. In the novel Of mice and men, there are many examples where characters have dreams but reality is different. George and Lennie, dream about getting their own farm, but this dream is different for everyone. George dreams about farm without boss, he dreams about place where they can do everything they want, to live there without any restrictions.
„An’ it’d be our own, an’ nobody could can us. If we don’t like a guy we can say; ‘Get the hell out’, and by God he’s got to do it An’ if a frien’ come along, why we’d have an extra bunk, an’ we’d say, ‘Why don’t you spen’ the night?’ an’ by God he would.”
On the other hand Lennie dreams about farm where they will have strawberries, rabbits and their own little house to live in. Lennie is very fascinated by this imagination, so he always wants to hear about it, waiting for the moment when that time will come.
„ George, how long’s it gonna be till we get that little place an’ live on the fatta the lan’- an’ rabbits?“
Lennie is doing what George wants him to do, and tries not to get into a trouble because of his dream he has already in his head: „ What you gonna say tomorrow when the boss asks you questions?“- „ I...I ain’t gonna...say a word.“- „Good boy! That’s fine, Lennie. Maybe you’re gettin’ better. When we get the coupla acres I can let you tend the rabbits.“ Candy too dreams about better life. This is shown when he hears George and Lennie talking about their dreams and offers a large amount of money to them as request to live with them till he dies : „ Maybe if I give you guys my money, you’ll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain’t no good at it. And‘ll wash dishes an’ little chicken stuff live that. But I’ll be on our own place, an’ I’ll be let to work on our own place.“. Candy has only his dog as his one companion. Upon the killing of the dog „You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else. But they won’t do nothing like that. I won’t have no place to go, an ‘ I can’t get no more jobs.“ he has no one and therefore, attaches himself to the dream that George and Lennie share. It seems that he is much more interested in this plan. He is speaking about that to everybody and when somebody did not believe they will accomplish it he becomes angry at the moment: „You God damn right we’re gonna do it. George says we are. We got the money right now.“ But there is one difference. Even after Lennie kills Curley’s wife, George’s life is completely changed , but Candy still wants to carry out this dream.
Lennie enters the room of the black stable worker, named Crooks. At first Crooks does not want Lennie to stay in his room,“ You have no right to come in my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.“ but Lennie’s good humour wins him over. Crooks explains the difficulties of being a black person on the ranch: “ They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me.“ and Lennie talks about his future farm. Crooks firstly wants to discourages it: “Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody ever gets no land.” However, when Candy enters Crooks’ room, joins conversation and tells him that they have money, he starts to believe that the dream really can be achieved. Then he sees his opportunity to be part of the dream. “If you guys would want a hand to work for nothing- just keep, why I’d come and land a hand.“ By this he feels the chance to get out of the farm and achieve his freedom. This leads to other Crook’s dream of equality which is also very important. All workers on the farm hate him, because he is black. He has no one to talk with, so he still reads books. “ Maybe you can see now. You got George. You know he’s goin’ to come back. S’pose you didn’t have nobody. S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunk house and play rummy ‘cause you was black. How’d you like that? S’pose you had to sit out here an’ read books. Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody/to be near him.” He seems like he does not need anybody, but somewhere in his mind, he wants to have friends. So by this dream he sees opportunity to became equal to other people. The ideal world presented by Crooks also reflects childhood. His father had a chicken ranch full of white chickens, a berry patch, and alfalfa. He and his brothers would sit and watch the chickens. Companionship and plentiful food are both parts of Crooks' dream.
Curley's wife has a dream that is different from the other's dreams. She wants companionship so much that she will try to talk to people who do not want to talk to her, like all the men on the ranch. “ You gotta husban’. You got no call foolin’ aroun’ with other guys, causin’ trouble.“ Unsatisfied by her surly husband, she constantly lurks around the barn, trying to engage the workers in conversation. She has also another dream. she wanted to be an actress, she craved fame and believes she could still be famous. "I coulda made somethin' of myself. Maybe I will yet." This shows the importance of her dream. It gives her something to look forward to, a better life than her present situation. Everybody who reads this book knows that Curley's wife is unhappy with her life, she doesn't even like her husband. "I don't like Curley. He ain't a nice fella." She tells Lennie of the high life she could be living. "could been in the movies, an' had nice clothes. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me." This detail shows exactly what Curley's wife wants, as well as showing what she has not got. She is the only female on the ranch, is married to a man who sees her as sexual object - "he wears a glove fulla vaseline," and she is treated like a girl, "maybe you just better go along an' roll your hoop". She has no friends - "I get lonely" and no one to talk to.
Curley's wife's dream is an escape from the life she lives. She did not even want to marry Curley, and live on the ranch. "I wasn't gonna stay no place where I couldn't get no where or make something of myself. So I married Curley." Curley's wife needed an escape from her previous life which must have been extremely bad for her to marry a person she did not like. I think Curley's wife's dream is important in "Of Mice and Men," because, it shows how different people suffer. It is not just the workers who dream of better lives, but others as well.
“Look acrost the river, Lennie, an’ I’ll tell you so you can almost see it.“
When George tells Lennie to look across the river and imagine their farm, he lets Lennie die with the hope that they will attain their dream, and attain it soon. George, who must kill Lennie, is not allowed such comfort. He must go on living knowing the failure of their dream, as well as deal with the guilt of having killed his best friend.
Almost every person on this ranch dreams about something, but these dreams did not mean the same for everybody. But I admire them, because their dreams had so big sense for them. It was a kind of motivation that pulled them forward better thing. In my view for people is very important to have dreams, because also in real life dreams can help us to enjoy or make our lives better…
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