How does dreaming affect George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men?
Dreaming has some significant impacts on both George and Lennie. For the latter, dreaming of a farm with animals becomes the end goal to which all consciousness is geared. Lennie understands his dreams of a farm in so far as his connection with George and the end point of his world of existence. Lennie does not really see dreaming as a way of escaping from the present, but rather sees it as an end goal, the ultimate destination of that journey of which he and George are a part. For Lennie, dreaming is a way to escape the condition of what is. Lennie sees dreaming in a transcendent manner that makes the drudgery of what is more bearable. Dreaming is a means of escape, separate from the current journey or voyage. Lennie believes in his dreams of being his own boss or going to a ball game during a workday. Lennie needs these ideals to help make life more bearable, whereas George sees them as a natural extension of current reality.