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How are dreams portrayed as futile in Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'? 

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There are many examples of the futility of dreams. The dream of owning a ranch, a piece of land, is the ultimate futile dream. Lenny and George hold onto this dream for different reasons. Lenny, in his innocence, believes in the dream the same way a child might believe in Santa Clause. Because he is hearing about the dream from George, whom he trusts completely, Lenny is accepting that it will become a reality.

George holds onto this dream, not so much because he believes it will come true, but because a dream gives him the strength to go forward. As long as Lenny is...

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