Everyone has dreams. Some are realistic, some are small, and some are unfortunately unachievable. And of course, everyone too, has emotions. Of Mice and Men talks about what happens when you mix an “unachievable” dream with your emotions. The result? Not that good.
Of Mice and Men is about two men, George and Lennie. They don’t have a proper job, hence they go around the country looking for odd jobs. They found a job at a ranch, and at there, meet several different people. Lennie is a big guy, who is unbelievably strong, and is willing to work. However, he can’t really talk. Forgetful and timid at heart, he’s a gentle giant. George on the other hand, is the talker, and the smarter one I guess. Hence their friendship works out well because of the teamwork between the doer and the thinker. Both men have a dream. To one day buy a nice house, where they could live in together and have all their dreams turned into reality. For Lennie, it’s the thought of rearing his favourite animals, and for George, finally being able to stop and enjoy life. Unfortunately, as the book goes on, Lennie is “a victim of his own strength”. And he let his emotions mix with his dreams. Which unfortunately, brings disastrous results.
This book somewhat teaches you about different perspectives of life. For example, life from the perspective of Crooks, a nigger living at the ranch. He’s tortured, separated from the others, and lonely. Life from a different perspective of Curley’s wife too. She might have the looks and stuff, but deep down, she’s lonely and depressed, and wants to talk to someone. All of them have wishes and dreams. But do these dreams get fulfilled? Never. Just like them, Lennie and George’s dream never get fulfilled too. In fact, maybe I shouldn’t use the word ‘dream’. Maybe it’s just a vision, or if you will, a mirage. Sometimes, our utopian hopes might all be a mirage, and if we put our emotions in to achieving that mirage, as seen in this book, things might not turn out well.