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In your own words, describe George's and Lennie's plans for the future?

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akanatalia | Student, Grade 7 | eNoter

Posted September 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM via web

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In your own words, describe George's and Lennie's plans for the future?

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amysor | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 14, 2013 at 1:54 AM (Answer #1)

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George and Lennie's plan for the future was to go out and get a small farm. Where George and Lennie can work for themselves and stop traveling. Lennie would be able to feed the rabbits he loves very much. They would be self-suffient in providing for themselves. It was Lennie's  dream and George's too to stop traveling and get a little place where they could finally make a life. They found their dream home that is 10 acres that includes a windmill, a little house, an orchard, a pig pen, etc. (In Section 3)Even Candy was going to help them pay it off and go with them and take care after the household. 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM (Answer #2)

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I would suggest that the plans that George and Lennie have are to find something permanent and lasting in a world that is mutable and temporal.  The dream that George and Lennie have of owning a small farm in which George could be his own boss and Lennie could tend the rabbits becomes their driving force.  In a condition where the "bindle stiff" migrant worker moves from place to place, collecting their "bit" and then going to the next setting, George and Lennie wish to do something else.  Their dream is one that features roots.  While their state of being is a rootless existence because they go to where the work is, their dreams reflect a hopeful opposite of such a condition.  

The material reality in which they experience so much brutality and hardship does not limit their ability to envision a world that is fundamentally different and better from where they are.  Their dream is a reflection of this condition.  It is one in which roots, optimism, and autonomy are evident, precisely constructed because these elements are not present in the life they are living.  Essentially, I would describe George's and Lennie's dream in Of Mice and Men as an example of what life can and should be as opposed to how life is.

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