Dreams of characters in 'of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck

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All the characters at one point in the book express their dreams, Curleys wife, Lennie, George, Candy all have dreams.

The novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck is set in the Salinas valley, California. During the collapse of the New York Wall Street market known as the depression years, hoards of migrant worker came to California from parts of America in search of work. The ranch itself is a microcosm of the society and lifestyle of migrant workers black and white in that time, the writer includes life of the black people and attitudes towards them we gain insight of life for black people in America the time. The same applies to Curleys wife, how women where seen and treated at that time, also the fact that she is referred to as 'Curleys wife' shows her to be a possession and object in the minds of men.

The main characters who are George and Lennie who's true relationship is explained towards the middle of the book, are themselves migrant workers, however unlike most who have nothing to look forward too in life or anyone in their lives, George and Lennie have each other.

Equally important, however, is the extent to which George relies on Lennie for companionship in the generally unfriendly and lonely environment of the migrant labourer. Although we know Lennie because of his mental immaturity is totally reliant upon George for survival it is an unlikely relationship between two friends.

Lennie and Georges dream, is their hope their light at the end of the tunnel so to speak, it is what makes them continue to carry on hoping to reach their goal together. It reassures Lennie from time to time it makes him happy and comfortable wherever he is and we see this at the start...