Steinbeck shows that the dreams we have often take place within a world that is the exact opposite of them. The dreams that characters like George and Lennie have must be navigated within a world where violence and cruelty exist.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:25 am ad1c9bdddf
George's and Lennie's dreams take place within a violent world. While they hope for a brighter future, they must do so within the context of violence that exists all around them. We can see this in specific moments in "Of Mice and Men." For example, Curley is fascinated with violence. When he feels threatened with Lennie's presence in chapter 2, he moves towards him in a physically aggressive manner. This is enhanced in chapter 3, when he brutalizes Lennie because he feels that Lennie was laughing at him. Curley's obsession with violence is also seen in chapter 5, when he leads the lynch party to find Lennie. When George asks him to simply retrieve Lennie because he did not intend for Curley's wife to die, Curley is insistent that he and other members of the lynch mob are going to inflict physical harm on him because they believe he has Carlson's gun. Curley is one example of how violence permeates the culture of the ranch. ...
The statement made by Steinbeck about the nature of the violence in 1930s America are determined.