Thriving on Hopeless Dreams (Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Book Review)


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck portrays the world as a place where one can dream to their content, but also shows the cruelty of the world through numerous dilemmas.  It is evident that Lennie and George rest their dreams and hope on the conception of their own land. “ ‘It ain’t no lie. We’re gonna do it. Gonna get a little place and’ live on the fatta the lan’ ’ ” (Steinbeck 69). This quote proves that despite the doubtfulness of others at the bunk, George and Lennie continue to dream on, seeking comfort from a made-up reality. However, much like the majority of people, George and Lennie have reason to question their perceptions for the future. “ ‘I saw hundreds of men come by on the road and’ on the ranches, with their bundles on their back and’ that same damn thing in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come and’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn one of em’s got  a little piece of land in his head.’ ” (Steinbeck 74). This shows one that many people may have endeavored something and failed, but some may proceed despite the everyday obstacles. Nevertheless, as time progresses, aspects of life become susceptible to change, causing dreams to falter and people to cope with it accordingly. Times like the Great Depression challenge one with the harshness of life. Lennie’s ineluctable fate forced George to confront the aimless realms of his hopes. “ ‘-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we’d never do it. He usta liked to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would '’ ” (Steinbeck 94). Of Mice and Men suggests deception of reality is formed by one's own thoughts,  but suggests dreams help one thrive and seek comfort in a place full of uncerta.

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