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Dreams Of Characters In 'of Mice And Men' By John Steinbeck

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All the characters at one point in the book express their dreams, Curleys wife, Lennie, George, Candy all have dreams.The novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck is set in the Salinas valley, California. During the collapse of the New York Wall Street market known as the depression years, hoards of migrant worker came to California from parts of America in search of work. The ranch itself is a microcosm of the society and lifestyle of migrant workers black and white in that time, the writer includes life of the black people and attitudes towards them we gain insight of life for black people in America the time. The same applies to Curleys wife, how women where seen and treated at that ...view middle of the document...

Crooks who is openly referred to as 'nigger' which exemplifies the casual racism directed towards him by the others, they do not set out to deliberately insult him but the use of the term 'nigger' signals to us that black men like Crooks were constantly degraded both verbally and physically by whites.Crooks too, experiences the emotional bleakness of the majority of the characters drawn by Steinbeck in this story, as shown in his jealousy of George and Lennies friendship and his desire to join in on the dream of part owning the ranch.His loneliness and jealousy are shown when he says 's'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black how'd you like that?'Curley's wife is the character who everyone wants to avoid because they all believe she is trouble for them. Her story is told at the end when she is with Lennie, she tells him how she is lonely and doesn't like Curley and how she has never been loved not even by her own mother who she didn't trust and married Curley to get away from her. She talks about her dreams in 'pictures' how she could still do that, she is shown to want affection and comfort and love which all the ranch workers who are lonely really want.When Lennie...

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