"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
George has a dream of owning land and living in a perfect fraternal world. Just like most other characters in the novel, George wishes to become the owner of land in order to acquire freedom and work at his pace. He shares this dream with his closest friend Lennie. Lennie makes the dream seem more realistic than George initially thought. As the story unfolds, they are faced with so many challenges that their dream seems threatened.
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Since Lennie has mental disabilities, he ends up leading the two in trouble. George is a true friend; thus, he does not give up on Lennie but always comes for his rescue and protection. The two are employed at a ranch where they make friends. When they are talking of their cherished dream, Candy, one of the farmhands, hears them and offers his savings to help realize their dream. This makes their dream more achievable than they thought. After this offer, they realize that they can make their lifetime dream come true earlier than they thought. This gives George some sense of comfort, and he leaves Lennie alone and accompanies other men from the ranch to town. When Lennie is left alone, he goes to the barn and finds Crook. Crook is a black farmhand.
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Lennie shares with him the cherished dream that they have. Since Crook also wishes to own a homestead and earn respect and human treatment, he offers to cooperate with them. This makes George’s dream more achievable than it initially seemed. There are now four of them sharing the same dream of owning their own land and being independent. They all wish not to work at other people’s ranches but on their own land. This happy moment for Lennie is over when he kills the puppy he received from Slim. Curley’s lonely wife comes to console him and offers her hair for him to pet it. Since Lennie is mighty, he holds her hair strongly scaring her. She screams, and he attempts to soothe her but ends up breaking her neck. He runs away from the ranch before the other men come back from the town (Steinbeck, 1937). He flees to the meeting place by the pool. This was a place where George and he had agreed to be meeting in case one of them gets into trouble. When the rest return from the town, they find the dead body; George immediately realizes what happened. George hopes to find Lennie at their agreed meeting place. He finds him there and does not quarrel with him. Instead, he tells him of the realization of their dream. This calms Lennie down. George, knowing what awaits Lennie, shoots him at the back to make his death not painful and happy.
When the other workers from the ranch get there, they see Lennie being dead; George said that Lennie had the weapon, he wrestled to get it from him and shot him accidentally. Slim is the only one who understands what has taken place in the real sense. Although this was not part of George’s plan of achieving his dream of independence and experiencing a perfect fraternal world, it seems like his own way of realizing it. George kills his friend out of mercy and love to spare him the painful death caused by the mob. This way, George’s dream of a fraternal perfect world seems to come true (Steinbeck, 1937).
In conclusion, the story gives four instances of evidence that George’s dream can become a reality. To begin with, the fact that he shares this dream with his friend Lennie makes it seem more real than it was to him before. Secondly, Candy hears them talking about it and suggests giving them his savings to enable them to realize the dream. Third, Lennie shares the dream with Crook who offers his cooperation to make the dream a reality. Lastly, the death of Curley’s wife makes George shoot his friend to save him. All this contributes to the realization of George’s dream of experiencing a fraternally perfect world.