What is George and Lennie's shared dream in Of Mice and Men?

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In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, readers learn the story of George Milton and Lennie Small--two ranch hands who travel together.  It is almost immediately evident that George serves as Lennie's caretaker, as Lennie essentially has the mind of a child.  In Chapter 1, Lennie begs George to desribe their dream to him, and George does:

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.

Lennie is primarily focused on the idea that he'll be able to tend the rabbits,  since he likes to pet soft things, but George is more interested in not having to work for someone else. 

To both, the dream of the ranch represents independence and a place where each man will be able to live for himself. 

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How can I summarize George and Lennie's future dream in Of Mice and Men?

You may also want to summarize the role that dreams play in the book. Think of how the plot would be different if the concept of dreams were taken out. After you brainstorm some ideas on that, then you can analyze how central the theme of dreams is in the book.

For example, so often, people (namely adults) lose sight of dreams. Consequently, they fall into a stagnant pattern where little personal growth occurs. In the world of Lennie and George, where discrimination was rampant and times were tough as a result of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, dreams carried them through each day allowed them to believe that something better could be achieved.

When George Kills Lennie, he also kills a significant part of the dream. This was a sobering experience that brought George back to reality. Therefore, you can also summarize what it means to lose a dream that was held in such high esteem.

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How can I summarize George and Lennie's future dream in Of Mice and Men?

The simplest way to summarize the dream that George and Lennie have for their future is as follows:  George and Lennie have been working on the farms of other people all of their lives, moving from one place to the next in search of new jobs or different lives for themselves.  Their dream is to own their own farm where they can work for themselves, Lennie will have a few rabbits, and, according to George, they will "live of the fat of the land."

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In Steinbeck's novel Of Mice And Men, what are George and Lennie's plans for the future?

We learn from chapter one that George and Lennie are different from other ranch hands, as George states:

"With us it ain't like that. We got a future.

Other ranch hands do not have anyone to talk to, as they do, and since they have no future, as George puts it, they tend to:

"... come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go into 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."

When Lennie excitedly asks George to tell him how their future is going to be like, he complies by saying:

"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.

It is clear that the two companions plan to purchase a small farm where they will become self-sufficient. Lennie's excited interjection implies that they will not have any worries, since they would be independent and live from the proceeds of their farming venture.

Lennie consistently reminds George of this idealised existence throughout the novel and repeatedly asks him to retell the plan. He is obviously much taken in by the idea of a Shangri La where he and George will spend the remainder of their lives. He emphatically and naively believes that such an existence is within their reach.

This dream becomes more of a reality when they meet Candy, an old swamper on the ranch at which they start working. Candy listens in to a conversation between the two when they discuss their future. It is clear that George has already been working on their plan and provides specific details of the place, at Lennie's request:

"Well, it's ten acres," said George. "Got a little win'mill. Got a little shack on it, an' a chicken run. Got a kitchen, orchard, cherries, apples, peaches, 'cots, nuts, got a few berries. They's a place for alfalfa and plenty water to flood it. They's a pig pen-"

Lennie is mostly interested about the fact that they will have rabbits which he likes to fondle since he loves feeling their soft fur.

Candy, who is partly disabled and a loner, listens in wide-eyed wonder as George provides further detail. It is pertinently clear that the two had been turning this plan over and over in their heads and had had numerous talks about it, since the detail George provides is very specific. He even speaks about what kind of stove they will have in their house and other minor aspects regarding their future residence. It is clear that they have been meticulous in painting a mental picture of their ideal.

Candy is amazed and asks whether such a place actually exists and George obviously, when taken out of his reverie in talking about their dream, is abrupt and feels that their privacy has been invaded. However, Candy tells them about the money he has received for his injury and mentions that he has his income to add to that. The men start discussing adding their funds and purchasing the property. The three men realise that their plan might actually work and are overwhelmed by the thought.

They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true.

George is in complete awe that it all could come together just perfectly. it is as if this is a divine moment for him:

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.

He is referring to the fact that they can persuade the current owner of the property they plan to purchase, to accept four hundred and fifty dollars for the land, instead of the asking price of six hundred.

It is tragic that their careful plan is shattered when Lennie, in the dramatic denouement of the novel, accidentally kills Curley's wife. 

 

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