"Of Mice and Men" by , John Steinbeck.

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In today's world everybody has dreams of making there lives more fulfilling. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck writes of a life that even now people wish for. The characters, Lennie, Curley's wife and George all dream of aspiring to a better way of life.

Lennie has a dream of tending rabbits. He has a love for petting soft items such a dresses, hair and especially small animals. At the beginning of the novel Lennie finds a dead mouse. When George asks him to give up the mouse Lennie tries to fight George because he wants to keep it. "I could pet it with my thumbs as we walk along" (Steinbeck pg 6), Lennie pleads with George and asks to keep it because its soft and he wanted to pet it. Later we find out that Lennie's real dream is to take care of the rabbits that George promises will be on the farm he is planning to buy.

"We gonna have a house an' a garden and a place for alfalfa, an' that alfalfa is for the rabbits, an' I take a sac and get it all fulla alfalfa and then take it to the rabbits"(Steinbeck pg 89). Lennie is ecstatic about the fact that he will be the one in charge of taking care of the rabbits because he will gain more independence and reasonability thus making his life better.

In the novel we are also introduced to a character only known as Curley's Wife. She has a dream to be an actress. She confides in Lennie about her dream because she realizes how simple minded he is. "Well I ain't told nobody before. Maybe I ought'n to ...Coulda been in the movies" (Steinbeck pg 89). Her dream to be in the...