Describe Lennie and George's dream for the future.

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Lennie and George are best friends, and George travels with Lennie and takes care of him because he is mentally handicapped. George and Lennie's dream for the future is to one day own a farm with lots of rabbits. Lennie dreams of taking care of the rabbits and other animals, and George hopes this dream comes true so that he can lead a "better" life.

 


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George and Lennie dream of saving up their money and purchasing their own small farm.

This is a part of the American Dream of land ownership that is largely out of the reach of migrant workers like George and Lennie. They crave it because it would give them a chance to put down roots and become part of a community, rather than wandering constantly in search of work. They dream of the independence it would give them, including the chance to take a day off if they felt like it. Further, rather than having to share a bunkhouse with strangers, some of whom can be unpleasant, they could surround themselves with friends.

Lennie dreams of raising rabbits, and George comforts him when they are both feeling down by conjuring an image of the bounty the farm would produce. This modest dream helps sustain them through the rough times they have faced in the Great Depression. Other ranch hands are also inspired by the dream and ask to be a part of it.

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George and Lennie's dream for the future is to eventually purchase their own estate, where they can "live off the fatta the lan’" and do as they please. On their estate, George and Lennie will be their own bosses and make a living by selling the crops they grow. Lennie will also have his own rabbit hutch, where he can tend and raise as many rabbits as he desires.

As migrant workers traveling throughout the western United States constantly looking for jobs, George and Lennie long for stability and a place to call their own. Throughout the story, Lennie continually asks George to recite their dream, which gives them a respite from their harsh reality. Candy ends up overhearing them talking about their dream and offers to give them his life savings to help purchase and live on the estate. Tragically, George and Lennie's dream never comes to fruition after Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife.

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In Of Mice and Men, Lennie and George are best friends.  Lennie is obviously mentally handicapped and George travels with him and takes care of him.  They dream of one day owning their own farm.  They hope that one day they will be their own bosses and live off of the land.

After calming down, George repeats, at Lennie's request, the story of how they are someday going to get out of the lonely life of itinerant farm laborers and buy a piece of land where they can live by working their own small farm together.

The idea of having their own land and farm excites Lennie very much.  He dreams of taking care of the rabbits and other animals.  George hopes this dream comes true so that he can lead a "better" life.

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crystaltu001 | Student

They dream to one day own their own farm, and Lennie would get to tend the rabbits

Yojana_Thapa | Student

George and Lennie's dream for their future is to own their own farm, be their own boss, and that Lennie would tend rabbits.

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laurto | Student

Their dream is to own a farm and have a lot of rabbits. The rabbits part is mostly Lennie's dream. But both of them want a farm.

jennifermartin1 | Student

In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie's dream is to own a farm with lots of rabbits.  This dream is an extrememly important aspect of the book, because it is what makes Lennie and George's friendship unique.  One of the major themes of this novel is friendship and this theme is dependent upon this dream.  In the book every person seems to be a pair of friends, but these friendships cannot compare to the one George and Lennie share. The others on the farm are even suspious of how close these two guys are, but by the end of the book the others have caught on to their dream and wish to join in.

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