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In Of Mice And Men Lennie & George, Candy, Crooks and Curleys wife all had the...

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In Of Mice And Men Lennie & George, Candy, Crooks and Curleys wife all had the American dream in different ways.
How was each dream shattered?

I need to write around 1500-2000 words on this so as many points would be very much appreciated.

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alison3000 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM (Answer #1)

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Lennie and George have a dream about having their own place;'a little house and a couple of acres'. This would mean that they would be self-sufficient and beholden to no-one. Candy has a similar dream and he wants to latch onto George and Lennie's as he thinks that it may just be possible. The dream is shattered by Lennie's inability to stay out of trouble as we feel that George could make this happen, especially with Candy's money.

Curley's wife has a dream to be a movie star; 'Coulda been in the movies, an had nice clothes'. This dream seems much more unlikely and seems to have been built in her imagination.

Crooks is scornful of George and Lennie's dream as his own dreams have been shattered by injury and also by being black in that time period. Time and experience have taught Crooks that dreams do not come true.         

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