What is the significance of dreams in "Of Mice And Men"
The book "Of Mice and Men" was written by a man called Steinbeck. This novel deals with the plight of migrant labourers in California during the great depression, set around the 1930's after the great Wall Street crash. At that time morale and money was at an all time low. A lack of jobs forced men to travel to seek employment, causing familial divides and creating the itinerant workforce.
Steinbeck not only wrote about what he knew, having been a ranch worker himself, he wrote about that which fascinated him. One of Steinbeck’s favourite books was Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Thomas Mallory’s retelling of the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and the King Arthur legends play a part in several of Steinbeck’s works. One of those legends was Sir Galahad’s search for the Holy Grail, the cup from which Jesus was said to have drunk. Finding the Grail will cause all sins to be forgiven, according to the knights. Throughout literature, the Grail serves as a symbol of that which is sought but can never be possessed. Galahad was the only knight pure enough to find and touch the Grail, but once he touched it, he died and his spirit went to heaven. This novel concerns itself with many characters who search for their Holy Grail is never realised, and whose quests, like many of the Arthurian legends, are ruined by women. But what fascinated Steinbeck most was not simply the concept of the Holy Grail, but the idea that human nature allows us to hope for and believe in something so desperately despite knowing that it will never be achieved, something he termed as both the greatest human quality and the greatest curse.
The focus of the book is on two random migrant workers, George and Lennie. These two characters are believed to represent the masses, they symbolise the;new American worker;. George is by necessity a rational realist wh…