Dream Essay

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Many tell us to keep dreaming. To chase our dreams until they come true, and that the unattainable can always be achieved with enough pursuance. Is this saying really true? In the novella Of Mice and Men, the story follows the life of two immigrants, George and Lennie. Lennie a gigantic man with a mental infirmity travels with a man named George, they dream of owning a farm, and living off of the land and thus only working for themselves. With Lennie’s disability, he repeatedly gets into trouble. As result, both Lennie and George flee from their old town, Weed, to find new jobs in the hopes to collect enough money to buy a piece of land. They find employment as barley buckers on a ranch and meet the other workers, Candy, and old swamper who’s hand is missing, Crooks, a black man with a bad back, and the only woman on the ranch, who is Curley, the boss’s son’s wife. Not long after does Lennie get into trouble once again. He breaks the neck Curley’s wife and runs to the stream where George told him to go if he were to get in any trouble. George then shoots Lennie in the back of his head to end him of his misery. They could not live by constantly running. Throughout the novel, a motif of unachievable American dreams is presented. American dreams are always a thirst, and although they are highly sought out, several unfortunately never make it to reality.

The American dream is initially yearned for by Lennie and George, the protagonists. As Lennie shouts at the very beginning of the novel, “An’ live off the fatta the lan’” (14), the infatuation of successfully being able to purchase a piece of land and live out the American dream is showcased. Originally, the desire to live off the land was merely a want, but once Candy joins in and offers three hundred and fifty dollars the dream is actually in motion. As George’s eyes “were full of wonder” (60), and “this thing they had never really believed in was coming true” (60). In that passage, it is clear that George’s eye depict excitement and hope, is it possible that this dream will actually take place? Unfortunately once hope is suddenly existent within the dream, it quickly perishes. As “the crash of the shot rolled up the hills” (106), the dream dies within Lennie’s death. The gun shot that murdered Lennie parallels the death of their American dream. The American dream was always shared between George and Lennie, as George puts it, "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place...With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us" (13-14). With Lennie’s death, George no longer has the enthusiasm and aspiration to carry out the plan, it was always their shared dream. Likewise, as the bullet is fired, not only does Lennie die, but it shatters George, Lennie and Candy’s American dream.

Hunger to live out the American dream is reinstated within Curley’s...

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