What motivates Lennie, George and Candy to have their own farm in "Of Mice and Men"?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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George, Lennie, and Candy are motivated to own their own farm for two reasons.  The first is that they have been working of farms owned by other men for so long and they feel that it is their turn to own something and have something for themselves instead of working to make money for other people.  The second, and more thematic, reason is that the dream of owning a farm keeps them going from day to day – this dream motivates them to keep on living the boring, monotonous days that they are forced to live over and over working for barely any money is horrible conditions.  If these men continue to tell themselves that one day they will own heir own land and their own farm, they will be able to get through the next day.