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In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, is George and Lennie's dream realistic? George and...

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM via web

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In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, is George and Lennie's dream realistic?

George and Lennie could have bought the little farm with Candy's help, but all three would be flat broke. They would have plenty to eat--but what would they do for money to buy clothing, shoes, cigarettes, soap, seed, tools, and anything else they couldn't grow or raise? George and Lennie now have a combined income of $100 a month. That would buy a lot in Depression times. They couldn't make much selling vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk, chickens, or rabbits, because everybody around them would have these things in abundance--but no cash.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM (Answer #1)

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In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie's dream of owning their own place is not realistic, but a wishful hope for the future. The drifters who roamed from place to place were homeless, worked in poverty, and were part of the lower class. Neither planners nor savers., they received little pay for their work as mostly they earned a place to sleep, food and a small wage.  George and Lennie had saved some money, but had not done any real planning except dreaming about what the place would look like and how they would love their own land. Their friendship which was genuine, was not enough to overcome the immense obstacles of creating a plan, finding the land, having enough money to actually purchase the land, and find a way for Lennie's retardation to not be a complete obstacle to land ownership.  They could hope, but their dream was unrealistic.  Steinbeck used this novel to illustrate that the lower class had tremendous problems just surviving, and that the middle class was not alone in its economic troubles.  

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