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Most people have some kind of hopes or dreams Hopes are desires accompanied by expectations of fulfillment they are one that give promises to the future The Merriam Webster Dictionary page 367 Dreams are notable for their beauty excellence andor enjoyable quality The Merriam Webster Dictionary pages 234-235 However these dreams are many times thwarted by many obstacles along the way as happens to George and Lennies in John Steinbacks novel Of Mice and Men George promises Lennies aunt Clara right before she dies that he will take care of Lennie and that they will always be together During the 1930s people like Lennie who has a mental handicap and blacks such as Crooks the stable man are discriminated During this time also known as the Great Depression barn workers like George and Lennie would go around looking for work at a ranch Very few Americans owned land and only rarely did they have any freedom George and Lennie want to buy a piece of land To George this symbolizes his freedom he will then be able to control his destiny yet to Lennie it means he will be able to tend the rabbits and therefor pet them as much as he likes Steinback expresses some of mans hopes and dreams through the main characters actions George and Lennie live in hope that their own very particular dream will one day come true They hope they will work enough to earn the sufficient amount of money needed for their piece of land The land is important to them because it symbolizes their liberty their independence From the moment they buy the land and on they become independent human beings They stop depending on whether they have a job on
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