George’s dream is not only to own his own land, but also to be his own boss. This desire is probably what kept George going for so long, although it is evident that George realizes this is an unlikely dream as long as Leonie is around. This is the case until Candy overhears George talking about the dream, and decides to get involved. Once this happens, George breaks free of his usual routine and begins saving money. This dream Is perhaps the most prominent feature of the novel, and even the cynical Crook’s, who has dreams of his own, believes In this dream for a while.
To begin with Crooks Is scornful towards Leonie when talking about the dream, “You’re nuts,” he said, and he dismissed the dream as being the normal dream of all the itinerant ranch hands. However, once Crooks hears more about this dream, he begins to believe in it, and sees it as a way out of his prejudice, and boring life. Crook’s dream is that of independence and freedom, and he hopes to use knowledge to obtain this dream. “Crooks possessedјbooks too,” reading is the only thing he can do, because of his skin color.
Crooks becomes Increasingly excited by this dream of freedom once he realizes It Is a ay of escaping the racist society that he lives In. He Is not allowed to live In the ranch house with the white people, and Instead he Is forced to live In an unstable shack next to a manure pile. However, after a while Crooks realizes that this dream was impossible, because in order to achieve it, he would have to dive into a society of men who see him as nothing more than an underclass citizen.
Crooks is finally put in his place when Curry wife says, “l could get you strung up on a tree so easy it mint even funny. ” This is when Crooks realizes that he cannot possibly achieve his dream cause there are to many threats and risks, and besides that, he could never accomplish his dream in the racist society that he lives in. Despite the conflict between Crooks and Curry’s wife, they are not all that dissimilar from each other. They are both extremely lonely, one because of their color, and one because of their sex.
They are the two loneliest people on the ranch, and perhaps the only difference between the two is that Curry’s wife seeks a friend, whereas Crooks has become accustomed to his way of life. As well as this, Curly wife makes her dreams obvious. She talks to Leonie, and tells him of her aspirations to become a film be admired by others, and tries very hard to make the men on the ranch admire her, although in the end they end thinking of her as a slut.
Her dream of becoming a film star was shattered by her marriage to Curly. She was forced to spend life on a ranch with a husband who didn’t really care for her. Curry’s wife longs for a friend more than anything else, and is so desperate, that she is willing to go too “dumb-dumb,” for companionship. However, it seems that even this simple desire of having a friend cannot be fulfilled, because she is killed by Leonie hen she goes to talk to him in the barn. To Leonie the dream is an antidote to disappointment and loneliness.
It is the continual persistence of Leonie forcing George to repeat the dream that builds up the excitement, and help make the dream seem achievable and possible. However the most important dream in the novel is shattered when Leonie kills Curry’s wife. This is when George is forced to make a very important decision. Leonie had shattered George’s dream again, and this time George had no choice but to kill him. All the key dreams in the novel are never achieved. Crook’s dream is impossible, and e never actually know if George accomplishes the dream with Candy.
However, the dream itself only exists because Leonie was part of it, he kept reminding George of the dream. This is where the major problem of the dream lies. The dream exists because of Leonie, but the dream can never become reality because Leonie always ruins things. This is why the Novel is so pessimistic; no one accomplishes what he or she set out to do. I suppose the title of the book gives the story away. In Robert Burner’s poem he says that, “the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry,” indicating that George’s plans would fail inevitably.