The Role of Hopes and Dreams in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck

Hopes and dreams assistance individuals to survive, even if they never become genuine. How real is this for the characters of Mice and Men.

Steinbeck composed the book of Mice and Guy in 1937, following the Great Anxiety of the United States of America. When the Wall Street stock exchange crashed in October 1929, the world economy suffered tremendously. By 1932, America was experiencing the greatest economic anxiety in history. A lot of the styles that are dealt with in the book show what people were experiencing at this time. America’s residents ended up being out of work and huge numbers resided in poverty. Debt and homelessness was also really common throughout this period as people needed to circumnavigate America in order to find work. Therefore, in order for people to survive throughout this grim time; lots of members of America’s society decided to think and produce their own American dream.

During the 1930’s, the concept of the American Dream was based upon the Declaration. The expression was initially presented by James Truslow Adams and basically consisted of the idea that everyone ought to have a level playing field to live a much better and more thriving life. The hopes and aspirations that are developed as an outcome of the American Dream and the troubles for characters to get their desires is a central theme throughout the book. Steinbeck presents this theme in the extremely first chapter of the book through the use of George and Lennie displaying their ambition to own a farm and produce their own livelihood. “Ok. Someday– we’re gon na get the jack together and we’re gon na have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and …” “An’ live of the fatta the lan’, Lennie shouted” The quotation above suggests the two characters typically share this same story as Lennie is able to end up George’s sentence. The set have some hope as they know that they’ll never be lonely throughout the time that they continue to circumnavigate America trying to find deal with each other. Furthermore, by duplicating the dream, the set lift themselves out of their dismal situation as evidenced by how exited they both become as they start to discuss the dream. To George, the imagine the farm represents the fact that he wishes to develop security and self-reliance however most significantly ‘being somebody’ through owning their own land. To Lennie, his hopes are for security and companionship with George where he can look after his rabbits and family pet his soft animals which brings him some responsibility in addition to security.

Steinbeck produces the character Sweet in order to represent the bitter treatment that the elderly endured throughout 1930’s America Likewise to George and Lennie, Candy’s American Dream is to own a plot of land and produce his own income. Additionally, Candy is disabled; having lost his right hand in a farm accident and is minimized to the worst task on the cattle ranch which is a ‘swamper’, indicating cleaner. In spite of this, Steinbeck uses the character to represent hope in the novel as it is Candy who uses his cost savings to George and Lennie in order to join them in making their dream a reality. After preparing in detail what the farm would appear like and where it would be, Steinbeck composes ‘Lennie and Candy nodded, and they were grinning with pleasure’ in order to emphasize how uplifting discussing the dream is to the three. Despite the feeling of hope that Steinbeck develops in chapter 3 where the males outline their appealing future; the author consists of many dark images and occasions during the chapter in order to introduce the sense of foreboding that Lennie, George and Candy’s dream could be beat. This can be exemplified in the 3rd chapter of the unique as Lennie completely crushes Curley’s hand and Carlson mercilessly shoots Sweet’s aging canine which even more highlights the lack of respect and care felt towards the senior during this period. To Candy, the dream of the farm provides him security in his aging as he has control over his work and place of death.

In contrast to these characters, Steinbeck produces Crooks in order to bring a sense of reality to the novel. Crooks is a black, aging man who is handicapped due to a kick from a horse. At first, Steinbeck portrays Criminal’s dream as being able to go back to his youth as his family was solvent and owned a plot of land that included chickens. ‘My old man had a chicken cattle ranch, ’bout 10 acres.’ Nevertheless, Scoundrel’s dissuades himself from having the ability to go back to such a life on the biases of his colour and impairment. Racial discrimination was not prohibited in 1930s America, therefore bigotry was still extremely typical at the time. Whites and blacks were segregated in 1930s America and blacks were considered as second class people. Additionally, People who had impairments in 1930s America were treated really unsympathetically by the bulk of society. Unusual habits and low levels of financial productivity was considered a concern to communities. As a result of this, Crooks never ever believes that society will ever accept him. Scoundrels explains how he has actually seen hundreds of cattle ranch employees with the exact same dream but has actually never ever experienced any person prosper in perusing their ambitions. ‘Much like paradise. Ever’body wants a little piece of land … No one never ever gets to paradise, and nobody gets no land. It’s simply in their head’. Criminal’s speech foreshadows the failure of the other characters dreams by bringing the reader back to the severe reality of 1930’s America which was hardship and mass unemployment.

Steinbeck even more broadens the concept that hopes and dreams assisted individuals to endure through the terrible depression of the 1930’s through the use of Curley’s spouse. The author does this by depicting her to be an exceptionally lonely character. The reader recognizes this as she is wed to a guy who she does not like and is cruelly neglected by her other half. In addition, there are no other females on the cattle ranch which suggests she has nothing to do and is unable to feel companionship. As an outcome of this, she tries to make good friends with the ranch employees by remaining around the bunkhouse. However, her dream of fame through ending up being a wonderful and famous actress in Hollywood allows her to forget her solitude as she hopes and thinks that one day she’ll end up being the most skilled and beautiful actress in America. Curley’s partner thinks that since of her fame, everyone and anyone will be wanting a moment in her business, indicating that she’ll no longer be lonely and instead feel valued. In spite of this, her dream of popularity strengthens her feelings of separation as she yearning to engage with the world around her and wants people to adore her capabilities and sophistication. In her eyes, her loneliness would reduce if someone would just recognize her talents and form her into a movie star. Steinbeck notifies the reader that Curley’s better half nearly accomplished her dream as her hopes were increased by a man who declared he would take her to Hollywood. “I lived right in Salinas,” she said. “Come there when I was a kid. Well, a program come through, an’ I fulfilled one of the actors. He says I might choose that show. However my ol’ woman wouldn’ let me. She states because I was on’y fifteen. But the person says I coulda. If I ‘d went, I would not be livin’ like this, you bet.” Nevertheless, as her mom forbid her from perusing her dream she was required to wed Curly instead. As an outcome of this experience, Curley’s wife knows that her dream is possible to achieve. Perhaps she believes that n opportunity like this might appear again in her future. I think that it is this idea that allows her to endure through her empty life and avoids her from ending up being crazy or extremely depressed.

Be that as it may, the harsh reality is that having a dream and sharing it with others is not enough to guarantee survival in Steinbeck’s novel. In fact, some might argue that it was the characters hopes and dreams eventually caused their deaths. It was Curley’s other half’s desire for attention that triggered her to be alone with Lennie and ultimately results in her murder. In addition, it is Lennie’s eagerness to peruse his dream that brings him to kill Curley’s wife as he is immensely scared that Curley’s wife’s shouting would suggest to George that she seethes with him. He believed that her anger suggested that George would not allow him to be part of their dream anymore. Lennie’s enthusiasm towards his dream implied that George needed to kill him as his future included a life of anguish in a prison or an asylum as an outcome of his dreadful actions.

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