Why can't George carry on his dream without Lennie? surely candy can fill lennies role financially, and there would be no end of more helpful guys than lennie to do the physical work on the farm.

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The dream was never George's anyway - it was Lennie's. It was George's way of soothing Lennie, of reassuring him that George would not leave him. George equally needed the fantasy to give him a reason to stay with Lennie. It provided a bond between them, but always had tinges of unreality about it (remember the coloured rabbits?). George's 'real' dream was epitomised in the small insight into an equal, true friendship which he experienced with Slim: a man who could really respond to him, share his burden and offer him real comfort.

George's dream with Lennie was merely a bedtime story to placate...

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It's not George can't carry on his dream without Lennie, in fact, he wants to. However, like you mentioned, George can't carry as many physical work as Lennie.

But Lennie's aunt died and she is the one who took care of him the most. George felt bad and felt the huge need for George to take care of Lennie (and soon felt like Lennie was like a brother to George). 

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