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What is the significance of George and Lennie's dream to the novel as a whole?

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Posted October 1, 2007 at 12:51 AM via web

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What is the significance of George and Lennie's dream to the novel as a whole?

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casterc1@colton.k12.or.us | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 1, 2007 at 7:48 AM (Answer #2)

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George and Lennie's dream of owning their own farm represents the pursuit of the American Dream during the Great Depression. The dream, while inspiring George and Lennie to continue working, is unrealistic and unattainable. In the final scene, George finally realizes that no matter where they go, Lennie will continue to find trouble. Thus, his recitation of the dream to Lennie and then his shooting Lennie symbolizes the death of their personal dream and the impossibility of achieving the American Dream.

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