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Dreams give people hope, hope give people a reason to live. Dreams bring people sanity and sometimes security in times of panic, and depression, or even fear. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; George Milton and Lennie Small both have dreams that give them hope, and a reason to live.

George Milton has a dream of earning enough money to own a ranch with Lennie. "We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us." George refers to how much simpler life is when he travels with Lennie, rather by himself. He finds it a happier and more pleasurable time because he and Lennie are good friends. George appreciates the fact he's got someone who he can relate with and can confide in. George has known Lennie for years. "We got a future." George is determined to stay with Lennie, and boss a ranch of their own, feeling a sense of accomplishment in life. Therefore, becoming someone of importance. George cares about Lennie. Sort of like a father-like figure to Llennie. Lennie is mentally challenged and looks up to George for advice. Making George feel responsible. "---I think I knowed from the very... so much I got thinking we would." George loses hope in his dreams of having a ranch of his own and being successful after having to kill Lennie. It's like wanting something so bad, but realizing it could never be. Lennie was a big part of the dream; George is now uneasy about that dream because of everything that has happened. He feels that without Lennie, it can never become a reality. George's dream was to stay with Lennie on the ranch; Lennie was like a son to him. It gavce George a sense of responsibility caring for someone who needed him back. The dream they shared was a positive thought which ended up bring around false hopes and allowing George to realize he had always felt the dream was too big to come true.

Lennie has a dream that gives him hope, and pride. "And I can tend the rabbits, George." Lennie takes hope out of tending the rabbits. Lennie knew he wasn't very bright but he wanted to prove to George, he could be helpful. He holds onto his hope to find a reason of the better tomorrow. This is something which a lot of people do, which is applaudable looking for ways to be more successful in life. "What you supposin' for? Ain't nobody goin' to suppose no hurt to George." Lennie really cares for George. On account George has been watching over him for years under request Lennie's now deceased Aunt Claira. Lennie is a protective, nice fella. He knows his disabilities and is greatful that George promised ti watch out for him. That shows true friendship and expresses the term of 'extended family'. '"I didn't wanta," Lennie cried. "I didn't wanta hurt him."' Though Lennie is a big, strong guy, he's just too mice to want to cause harm to others.

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