How did dreams and aspirations positively impact lives or relationships in Of Mice and Men?

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When writing a paragraph using the ACE-IT format, you first need to come up with an Assertion. This would be the answer to the question, or what you believe to be true about the text. Next comes the Citation, which is your evidence from the text. Once you've chosen a Citation, you must provide an Explication, where you explain what is going on in the quote in your own words. After citing and explaining, you must give an Interpretation of why that Citation supports your Assertion. Termination is your concluding thoughts.

Now that we've reviewed the ACE-IT format, let's examine the question: how did their dreams or aspirations positively affect their lives or their relationships with others?

In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the characters have dreams that propel them. The American Dream is a major theme of the book, as the characters dream of a better life. For many of the characters, their dreams positively affect their lives because the dreams are driving forces that propel them to work harder in order to achieve their dreams. For George, Lennie, and Candy, their shared dream helps them grow closer and work together.

George dreams of owning his own farm so he can "live off the fatta the lan'." He shares this dream with Lennie, who is able to recite parts of it from memory. Lennie wants to raise rabbits, and although he has trouble focusing, he tries to listen to George and follow directions so that the two of them can achieve this dream. George and Lennie's relationship is reflected in their shared retelling of the dream:

George went on. “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.”

Lennie broke in. “But not us! An’ why? Because...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.” He laughed delightedly. “Go on now, George!”

“You got it by heart. You can do it yourself.”

“No, you. I forget some a’ the things. Tell about how it’s gonna be.”

“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’,” Lennie shouted. “An’ have rabbits. Go on, George!

George and Lennie meet the old, disabled ranch hand Candy on the ranch they start to work at. When Candy's old dog is shot, Candy realizes that soon he will stop being useful on the farm as well. His desire for security propels him to join up with George and Lennie. He offers up his saved money so they can all buy the farm together. Without the dream, Candy would have no reason to join them.

Candy said, “I ain’t much good with on’y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’. An’ they give me two hunderd an’ fifty dollars ‘cause I los’ my hand. An’ I got fifty more saved upright in the bank, right now. Tha’s three hunderd, and I got fifty more comin’ the end a the month. Tell you what—” He leaned forward eagerly. “S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hunderd an’ fifty bucks I’d put in. I ain’t much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How’d that be?”

George half-closed his eyes. “I gotta think about that. We was always gonna do it by ourselves.”

Candy interrupted him, “I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys incase I kick off, ‘cause I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing. You guys got any money? Maybe we could do her right now?”

George spat on the floor disgustedly. “We got ten bucks between us.” Then he said thoughtfully, “Look, if me an’ Lennie work a month an’ don’t spen’ nothing, we’ll have a hunderd bucks. That’d be four fifty. I bet we could swing her for that. Then you an’ Lennie could go get her started an’ I’d get a job an’ make up the res’, an’ you could sell eggs an’ stuff like that.”

They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. George said reverently, “Jesus Christ! I bet we could swing her.” His eyes were full of wonder. “I bet we could swing her,” he repeated softly.

Their shared dream encourages them to work hard for another month in order to save up the money they need. Their shared dream brings them together.

There are many quotes in the text that could serve as evidence for your assertion about how the characters' dreams affect their lives and relationships. Since you will be the one explicating and interpreting the citation, you should choose a quote that speaks to you.

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Although the ranch hands' dreams are ultimately not realized, for much of the novel it seems like things might turn out well for them. George and Lennie arrive at the ranch already sharing the dream of owning a small farm.

A: Candy's life improves as he becomes friends with George and Lennie through sharing their dream of owning a farm. C: The three men discuss this plan, including Candy’s financial contribution, in chapter three. E: They continue to discuss the plans in chapter four. I: Candy has grown old alone, except for his dog, in the semi-nomadic life of a ranch hand. He wants to settle down and have both security and friends in his old age, and he is happy to put his life savings to good use. T: The entire plan collapses after Lennie kills Curley's wife and George kills Curley. The reader does not know if Candy will remain friends with George.

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In Of Mice and Men, how did Lennie's dreams positively affect his life? Provide answer in ACE-IT paragraph ( Assertion, Context & Citation, Explication, Interpretation, and Conclusion).

In structuring your answer to this question, you want to make an assertion, or claim, about why Lennie's dreams are important to him and how they help sustain him. Your assertion could be along the lines of the following: In Of Mice and Men, Lennie's dreams of having a ranch of his own with George help sustain him through the difficult life of working on another man's ranch and being treated disrespectfully because of his intellectual disability. You may decide that Lennie's dreams were important to him for a different reason.

Next, you want to provide a quote from the text that backs up this assertion and provide some context for the quote. For example, at the beginning of the book, Lennie forgets what George has told him about where they are heading. After George yells at Lennie, Lennie says, "I remember about the rabbits, George" (3). The page number is the citation for this quote. The explication of the quote involves explaining it more fully. For example, Lennie is feeling stressed at this moment because he cannot remember where he and George are heading, and his thoughts about his dreams—including one day raising rabbits—help him get over this difficult moment.

The interpretation of the quote operates on a more symbolic level. The word "rabbits" in the quote is Lennie's shorthand way of representing his dreams. The word "rabbits" stands for animals he can care for and that he understands, as he feels somewhat distanced from the people around him, who can be confusing. "Rabbits" also represents the freedom he imagines he will feel when he and George have their own land and are not bossed around by other people. The conclusion involves a restatement of your thesis and your explanation about why Lennie's dreams are so critical to helping him. You could also end with a wider thought about why dreams are so critical to people, especially people like Lennie who have a tough road through life.

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In Of Mice and Men, how did one of the character's dreams and aspirations positively affect their lives and their relationships with others? Provide an answer in the form of an ACE-IT paragraph (Assertion, Context & Citation, Explication, Interpretation, and Conclusion).

In Of Mice and Men, there aren't many especially convincing examples of characters with dreams that positively affect their lives. Indeed, the book is set in the 1930s, when a combination of factors, such as the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, racism, and sexism, made it very difficult, if not impossible, for people to realize their dreams. The character who gets closest, however, to having a dream which positively affects his life is Lennie.

Lennie has a dream which is his own personal interpretation of the American Dream that George aspires to, only with multicolored green, red, and blue rabbits, rather than the more traditional kind. In the story, Lennie repeatedly pleads with George to tell him about the rabbits. In chapter 1, for example, Lennie pleads, "Come on, George. Tell me. Please, George. Like you done before." George then tells Lennie about a time in the future when they will "have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs...a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens." This dream motivates both George and Lennie to keep going and keep working hard. It's also a reason for Lennie and George to stick together, which is unusual for itinerant workers at this time. If they stick together, it means that they will be able to pool their wages and purchase the land together. And sticking with George, because of this dream, undoubtedly makes Lennie's life, temporarily at least, better than it would otherwise be.

Without George, Lennie would likely find it very difficult to get work and even more difficult to keep it. It is also likely that, without George, Lennie would have been locked up, or worse, for touching the girl's red dress in Weed. It was only with George's help that Lennie managed to escape Weed and the lynching party that pursued them after the girl cried rape. In chapter 1, George also says to Lennie that, on his own, Lennie wouldn't be able to find food to eat and that "somebody'd shoot [him] for a coyote." This may be a slight exaggeration but probably isn't too far from the truth.

Therefore, Lennie's dream of owning a piece of land with George, and living "offa the fatta the lan'," positively affects his life because it means that he stays with George, who protects and helps him. This dream also makes George and Lennie's relationship stronger, because it provides them with "a future" and "somebody to talk to." George and Lennie are not like other itinerant working men, who "are the loneliest guys in the world," because, as Lennie says, "I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you." Indeed, whenever Lennie is with George, and particularly when George is reminding Lennie of their dream, Lennie is very happy. It is difficult to imagine that he would be happy without George or without the dream that he shares with George.

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