'Hopes and dreams help people to survive, even if they can never become real.' How true is this for characters in "Of Mice and Men"?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The two main characters in “Of Mice and Men” have a dream of owning their own ranch and, as George says and Lennie loves to hear, “live of the fatta the land.”  Neither of these characters is ever going to achieve this but the hope of this dream is what keeps them going from day to day.  The reader can tell this from the points in the story in which Lennie asks George to tell him the story of their dream farm and living off of the land.  Lennie asks George to tell him this story whenever he is upset or in a bad position; the story is sort of used as a bedtime story for Lennie.  A third character, Candy, hears the story that George tells Lennie and practically begs them to let him be a part of it. Clearly, this man needs something to look forward to also considering the way that he is presented as a character in the novel.  Their hopes and dreams for the future are what keep them going in the horrible situation that these characters are placed in.   It is clear that these characters live in horrible conditions and will never better themselves but it is their dream that allows them to live in the place that they are.