Every person dreams, but some of these people dream to form a better life for themselves and help distract feelings of loneliness. People do not want to believe that their dreams cannot or will not come true although typically these dreams are unrealistic and unreachable. This shows that dreams help distract the person from the reality they are facing. In contrast, the person may be let down when they realize they cannot accomplish their dreams. Following this idea further, characters such as George and Curley?s wife from John Steinbeck?s novel, Of Mice and Men, demonstrate the ideas of dreaming to help alleviate loneliness for a better life and how dreams don?t always turn out the way the person plans them. Although dreams help distract from the reality of loneliness, they can become too far from reach and not accomplishable.
A character from Of Mice And Men who displays that dreaming helps distract from the loneliness of reality is George. George grew up taking care of Lennie, a man older than George himself, who has mental health issues. George is not happy with his situation. He does not like always having to watch Lennie and make sure he is not getting into any trouble. George never gets time to himself because Lennie is always near by. He can never stay in a town too long or hold a steady job because Lennie always gets into trouble. George deals with great amounts of loneliness. He cannot have a social life, earn a decent wage or stay in one place for any length of time. He starts to dream of his ideal living standards. In this place, he and Lennie would own a home and there would be enough food for them to eat off the land. He says, ? All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house.? This demonstrates how George dreams are extremely unrealistic. George is living in filthy conditions; working for minimum wage on a farm and has not enough money to own property. Still, he dreams to distract himself from his lonely reality.
Another theme explored in this novel is how dreams can become too far from reach when a person displays feelings of loneliness. A character from the novel that displays this theme is Curley?s wife. Curley?s wife always wanted to become an actress. Before she met Curley, Curley?s wife met a man who told her he knew the connections for her to become a film actress. He told Curley?s wife that he would send a letter to let her know about the acting jobs that were offered. Curley?s wife says, ? He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural?I never got that letter.? It turns out that Curley?s wife never received the letter. Curley?s wife always believed her mother hid that letter from her because she was disapproving of the film industry. Curley?s wife never lost hope in that letter. She still believes that one day it will come and she will be free of the farm and Curley. This is an example of a dream that has become too far to reach. The movie incident happened many years in the past but Curley?s wife still has hope. She uses her far reached dream to cover up her feelings of loneliness.
In conclusion, both George and Curley?s wife has shown how loneliness is covered up by dreaming. These dreams are usually too far to legitimately be reached. Although the dreams may also be unrealistic and not accomplishable, they bring a sense of comfort and relief to the characters in this novel. John Steinbeck?s Of Mice And Men displays many of the themes of loneliness and dreaming, demonstrated in the world today.