How Are Different Versions Of The American Dream Portrayed In Of Mice And Men And The Great Gatsby?

2145 words - 9 pages

The novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ was written by John Steinbeck, this novel was written in 1937 in America. The novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ was written by F.Scott Fitzgerald this novel was written in 1925 in America. Both of these novels revolve around the belief of the American Dream that people had during the period of America, that these novels were written in.
In the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’, the two central characters Lennie and George are itinerant workers who share an extraordinary friendship. They travel from town to town trying to accomplish their dream of having their own land by working hard, during the harsh depression time of 1930’s America. This was known as ‘The Great Depression’. ...view middle of the document...

In ‘Of Mice and Men’ life in America in the 1930s is illustrated as devastating and lonely especially after the event known as ‘The Wall Street Crash’ which was the stock market crash. This created ‘The Great Depression’. George states that in the first chapter, “Guys like us, which work on the ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. This shows that the lifestyle of itinerant workers was devastating and awfully lonely. This is made more evident because the other ranchmen’s couldn’t believe how George and Lennie managed to stick by each other. Slim said “I’ve never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy.” This shows that George and Lennie weren’t affected by The Great Depression as they still managed to stay by each other and continued working towards their American Dream; of owning their own land.
In the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’, Lennie and George’s dream was to get land to live on, be self-employed and have control over their lives. This is shown in the sentence ‘We’d just live there, we belong there. There wouldn’t be no more running round the country and getting fed by a Jap cook, we’d have our own place where we belong and not sleep in no bunk house.’ This suggests just like others, they had their own goal to achieve and their own American Dream to fulfil. ‘We’d just belong there’ suggest that people like Lennie and George have nowhere that they belong; they have no house, no family and really small control over their own lives and in some cases no control over their own lives. Furthermore, the quote ‘We’ll have a vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens’ shows that their dream is relatively straightforward. This tells the readers that a small dream couldn’t be fulfilled at the time. Their dream is extremely imperative to them because this is the link that bonded them together, which had differentiated them from the other ranch workers.
More importantly, ‘Of Mice and Men’ is written during the time of The Great Depression, implying that their dream represents an ideal of prosperity in a future where America has emerged from. The Great Depression was the severe worldwide economic depression which occurred during the late 1930s, when the novel 'Of Mice and Men' was written. Steinbeck has described their dream several times, and the fact that Lennie‘s constantly reminds George about their dream may also suggest that their dream is imperative to them.

In ‘Of Mice and Men’, the American Dream is presented as flawed and unachievable. This is because George and Lennie’s dream of owning a home is never achieved. Candy joins in on George’s and Lennie’s dream of owning a piece of land, Candy’s money made the dream actually possible to achieve but he realises by the end of the novel that his dream will not come true. However, Crooks dream is that everyone is equal because he is called “nigger” instead of his name. Additionally Smitty says ‘he would kill the nigger’. This quote indicates that people had anger and hatred...

Find Another Essay On How are different versions of the American Dream portrayed in Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby?

The American Dream in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

4651 words - 19 pages The American Dream in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men is a story set during the 1930's America, this was a time when the great depression had hit the world. This novel was written by John Steinbeck who had based most of his work in the story location. The main aspect of this story evolves around the American dream, and how it is perceived by the characters. The American dream is an expression for

The American Dream in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

1842 words - 7 pages The American Dream plays a significant role in the Of Mice and Men novel, but the question I state my views on in this essay is how significant it really is. I shall express every characters hopes and dreams including Lennie and George’s, Curley’s wife, Crooks’, and last of all Candy’s dream. While discussing each of these various fantasies I will consider how important they are compared to the moral of the story. Along with that, vital

The American Dream in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

646 words - 3 pages The American Dream is a fundamental theme in John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. I will endeavor to examine how the theme is presented in the novel in order to determine why it is so important. Whilst exploiting the theme it will be imperative to consider the characters that hold this dream, I will focus on George and Lennie, the two central characters. In addition I will acknowledge the social and economic situation of the time, the

The American Dream in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

1286 words - 5 pages Of Mice and Men is based on 1930's America during the Great Depression. The American dream was no more, and the land of opportunity had become the land of misfortune. It was during this time that many farmers best hope for a new life lay in California. The American Dream is the idea of an individual overcoming all obstacles and beating all odds to one day be successful. This subject is the predominant theme in John Steinbeck’s novel

'How is the American Dream portrayed in the texts 'The Great Gatsby' and the film 'American Beauty'?

1071 words - 4 pages materially and emotionally filled, hand in hand, but that never occurs in either of the texts. This proves that the ultimate dream is unrealistic and unachievable. Both the Great Gatsby and American Beauty show how even though people appear to be happy we need to look closer and see what they are doing to themselves and realise what is truly important in life.

The Corruption Of The American Dream: Character Analysis: "The Great Gatsby" By F. Scott Fitzgerald And "Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck

1428 words - 6 pages , too. Because of his social class and money habits, it will never be a possibility for him to fulfill his dream.Another character in Of Mice and Men that has a dream is Curley's wife. At the beginning of the novel, she is portrayed as a temptress, trying to seduce all of the men on the ranch. She is later revealed as a more complex character, though. "'I tell you I ain't used to livin' like this. I coulda made somethin' of myself. I don' like

Of Mice and Men: The Truth of the American Dream

830 words - 4 pages Power is a choice and what many people wish to have. Loneliness is something few want but many have. Both can change a persons life and even their personality. In Of Mice and Men, it tells the story of two friends as they try and find the american dream. Along their way they meet new friends and even some enemies. People treat Crooks like dirt and in return that is what he thinks of others. Although, because of who he is, he can not prove

Hope and the American Dream Portrayed in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

1727 words - 7 pages is empty, such as Daisy, but the intent and the actual pursuit is pure. Nick was able to accurately link the great Gatsby to the promise and betrayal of the American Dream. The American Dream is essentially a hopeful deception. It represents that for which one reaches out for that in the end turns out to be a fraud. Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby as a vehicle to explore the idea of the American Dream, which was a key element in shaping American

How Unhappy Are The Characters In Of Mice And Men

1438 words - 6 pages loneliest guys in the world. They got no family, they don't belong no place.' One of the things that binds George and Lennie together is that they share a common dream, to buy their own land, and live off of the 'fatta the lan'.' The fact that they travel together makes them believe that one day they will really get enough money together to do this, and they nearly had the chance. The reason unhappiness was such a problem in 1930's America is that no one ever settled anywhere long enough to make any ties or get to know anyone. So in conclusion I believe that not every character in 'Of Mice and Men' is unhappy, but some are most definitely unhappier than others.

The American Dream in Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

1210 words - 5 pages The American Dream is something that many Americans, as well as people from all over the world, strive to accomplish. Although it has progressed over time, many people still want to grasp a hold of it. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath represent the struggle of migrant workers and the unrealistic concept of the American dream. Steinbeck illustrates the impossibility of the American Dream in the 1930s through George and

Flat Characters in "Of Mice and Men" and "The Great Gatsby"

1544 words - 6 pages Flat characters are an essential part of any novel because they help advance the plot and foil the other characters. Curley from Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck and Tom Buchanan from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, are both examples of flat characters; the reader only sees one side to each of these characters: the callous and controlling part. Curley and Tom are both presented as flat characters and as the quintessential controlling

Similar Essays

Dreaming The Dream In The Great Gatsby, And Of Mice And Men

1427 words - 6 pages him. Fitzgerald also uses characterization to show how he feels about the American Dream, but in a different way. By way of a vast amount of hollow, wealth-crazed characters, Fitzgerald tells how the American Dream has decayed into a materialistic obsession associated with being successful in The Great Gatsby. However, with Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows a goal to strive for, yet Gatsby’s means are shallow and otherwise polluted. Instead of going

How Of Mice And Men And The Great Gatsby Reflect The American Nightmare

1123 words - 5 pages fall under it’s alluring curse, with an exception of a handful of people. What was given instead of this promise of wealth and dreams, what was given was the deterioration of dreams, and usually lives. Sadly, Lennie Small, from Of Mice and Men as well as Jay Gatsby, from The Great Gatsby was not the exceptions. To better understand Lennie Small, a poor mentally challenged farm hand’s dream, it would be a good idea to learn a few important

"Of Mice And Men": The American Dream

648 words - 3 pages In the novel "Of Mice and Men" a major theme is the journey to live out the American dream. The American dream is a difficult concept to describe because the dream may be different for different people. The American dream may also be different depending on the time period in which the person lives. A person living in the sixties may have a different dream than someone who is living in the nineties. There are some similarities that are in most

The American Dream Portrayed In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck Vs The Reality Of A Migrant Worker

2658 words - 11 pages A Comparison of the American Dream Portrayed in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and the Reality of a Migrant Worker Of Mice and Men is a novel written by John Steinbeck in 1937, this novel concentrates on the lives of migrant workers. Steinbeck's purpose is to show the reality of achieving the American Dream- as the title suggests. 'To a Mouse… The best laid schemes o' Mice and Men, Gang aft agley,' is the source of the