In Of Mice and Men, what dreams do George and Lennie share?

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Lennie and George, in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, have a very specific dream. Lennie, after a fight with George about ketchup in chapter one, begs George to tell the story of their dreams.

"With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us."

"O.K. 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 and' An' live off the fatta the lan, An' have rabbits."

Both of the men are tired of working for others. They are in search of their own American Dream. Unfortunately, this story takes place during the Great Depression (a time when the dreams of many men and women were broken). Both Lennie and George wish to own their own land, work their own land, and take care of their own animals (most likely Lennie's part of the dream given his obsession with small animals like rabbits).

The dream of the Lennie and George does not only stay their dream. By the end of the novel, both Candy and Crooks want to share in their dream. This speaks to the importance of having a dream (given both Candy and Crooks do not feel wanted or needed on the ranch). Both men feel as if they have something to look forward to they will have a desire to continue on living.

corandan | Student

georg and lennie want to make a stake and try to buy some land of there own were there the bosses and if they dont like someone they will fire them. george is letting lennie tend the rabbits and theres going to be an alfalfa patch were lennie will get bags of alfalfa and take to the rabbits theres also going to be other animals and they will let there friends stay with them as long as they like.