What is the dream that George and Lennie share in Of Mice and Men?

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ajmchugh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, readers learn the story of George Milton and Lennie Small--two ranch hands who travel together.  It is almost immediately evident that George serves as Lennie's caretaker, as Lennie essentially has the mind of a child.  In Chapter 1, Lennie begs George to desribe their dream to him, and George does:

Someday--we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs.

Lennie is primarily focused on the idea that he'll be able to tend the rabbits,  since he likes to pet soft things, but George is more interested in not having to work for someone else. 

To both, the dream of the ranch represents independence and a place where each man will be able to live for himself. 

megyhaze | Student

that they can live on a farm together and have their own garden. Lennie wants a lot of chickens too. Pretty much they want to be landowners and own their own house, garden, and animals.