Of Mice and Men – Dreams
The theme of dreams, hopes and future plans can be tracked throughout the story from beginning to end. The story is set in the bleak and brutal 1930s depression. The depression brought about a wave of hatred and extreme solitude in every man’s life. Men were forced to become immigrant workers with no place to call home. They lived through a truly despondent and lonesome actuality with no way out. Due to these harsh circumstances, every individual found their escape through a so called ‘dream’ more generally known as ‘The American Dream’. As Steinbeck gradually reveals each character’s thoughts and feelings throughout the novel, it becomes clear that everyone has their own dream which they ponder, finding it a pleasant but momentary escape from their dismal reality.
The initial insight to the theme of dreams woven into the story begins in chapter one, when George talks to Lennie about their dream to ‘live of the fatta the lan’’. The same shared dream continues to crop up throughout the novel. Unlike most men in their position, they have something to look forward to and something to share:
‘With us it ain’t like that. We got a future.’
Since George is continuously placed in a position of inferiority throughout, the dream becomes a way of expressing his distaste to the brutality he receives. He wishes to be in a position of control and power where he can give others the same treatment he was put through. This can be seen while he once more shares the dream with Lennie stating ‘If we don’t like a guy we can say, “Get the hell out”’. George also finds an ephemeral moment of happiness while imagining this dream come true since he ‘sat entranced’ with his own picture.
The dream for Lennie draws a separate side to the picture. Lennie is frequently causing troubles for George which makes them move around all the time. However, Lennis doesn’t like this either. Although Lennie cannot fully understand the dimensions of what George is...