In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, is George and Lennie's dream realistic?

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In my opinion, George and Lennie's dream of one day owning their own piece of property and living off the land is unrealistic. As was mentioned in the previous post, George and Lennie's dream is simply wishful thinking. They imagine having their own house and creating a self-sufficient homestead where they raise animals and plant vegetables. Despite possibly having enough money with Candy's contribution to buy a run-down home, George and Lennie's dream is still unrealistic. They would still struggle to earn enough money to survive the economic crisis and maintain their home. Making enough money selling vegetables to feed three grown men seems highly unrealistic. Also, George and Lennie's past is more than likely to affect them. The incident in Weed would probably come back to haunt them after they bought the home. Lennie is also bound to do something stupid that will once again get them into trouble with the authorities. George and Lennie are not destined to attain their dream, and it is simply imaginative thinking that helps them get through their rough lives. 

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In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie's dream of owning their own place is not realistic, but a wishful hope for the future. The drifters who roamed from place to place were homeless, worked in poverty, and were part of the lower class. Neither planners nor savers., they received little pay for their work as mostly they earned a place to sleep, food and a small wage.  George and Lennie had saved some money, but had not done any real planning except dreaming about what the place would look like and how they would love their own land. Their friendship which was genuine, was not enough to overcome the immense obstacles of creating a plan, finding the land, having enough money to actually purchase the land, and find a way for Lennie's retardation to not be a complete obstacle to land ownership.  They could hope, but their dream was unrealistic.  Steinbeck used this novel to illustrate that the lower class had tremendous problems just surviving, and that the middle class was not alone in its economic troubles.  

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

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.

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

George and Lennie are intended to typify the itinerant agricultural workers of California in the 1930s. They are homeless. They move from place to place, wherever field hands or fruit pickers are needed. They live in bunkhouses when they are not sleeping out on the open on their bed rolls. They have to do hard work, such as lifting 100-pound sacks of barley onto wagons all day long in the baking sun. They get paid very little and can never save up any money. They are not much better off than the slaves were in the South before the Civil War. They have nothing to look forward to but the kind of fates represented by Crooks and Candy. 

George is a little brighter than the average bindlestiff. He has a dream of owning his own subsistence farm, a few acres of land with a little house on it. He has shared this dream with Lennie, and now Lennie is always pestering him to tell about it, insisting on George using the same words every time. George doesn't always feel like obliging Lennie, but when he feels in the proper mood he always begins like this:

"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to."

Lennie was delighted. "That's it--that's it. Now tell how it is with us."

Lennie knows every word of it by heart, but he loves to hear George say the words. It is like a dream. These are the plans that the title Of Mice and Men refers to. The dream represents freedom, independence, security, even dignity--the things that are lacking in their actual existence. They come pretty close to realizing it, but as Robert Burns' poem says:

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
         Gang aft agley,

In the end Lennie is still dreaming the same dream when George shoots him at the riverside campsite. 

"Go on," said Lennie. "How's it gonna be? We gonna get a little place."

"We'll have a cow," said George. "An' we'll have maybe a pig an' chickens . . . an' down the flat we'll have . . . a little piece alfalfa------"

This is very touching. George is killing his friend as an act of kindness, and he is reminding him of their dream at the end in order to try to have him die happy. It is all that these two men had, or would ever have. It is only a dream.

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In Of Mice and Men, what is happening to Lennie and George's dream?

The answer to this question is dependent on your place in the novella.

In chatper 1, the dream remains a dream. George uses it to keep Lennie focused for their future.

By chapter 3-4. Lennie and George have shared their idea with Candy. At this point Candy has some money saved up and the dream looks like a possible reality for the first time. They further shape ideas about who will have what chores.

By chapter 6, it is obvious that the dream will never be realized. As George works to take care of the damage that Lennie has caused, he realizes there is only one answer to never having to deal with Lennie's mistakes again. George again uses the dream to focus Lennie just before he takes Lennie's life. In this moment, it is as if Lennie is actually going to that place because George is putting the vision of it in Lennie's head.

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