This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The American Dream In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

705 words - 3 pages

When we try to chase our dreams, we end up in our own diminutive lonely world. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, has taught readers that the American dream can only ever be accomplished through hard work and determination. More times than others, we are distracted by the dream itself, and don’t chase the reality, which can then lead to high expectations, and without hard determination, that can then failure. In the end, we have been lonely for so long, chasing a dream, that when reality hits us, we become isolated and lonely. For George and Lennie, they have each other, until the American dream seemed too hard to chase.
The friendship between the two men might be useful for both of them, yet it is more useful for Lennie, than it is for George. With an intellectual disability, without George to take care of him, Lennie would end up dead, or in jail. For George, even though he loves Lennie like a brother, he is ...view middle of the document...

The American dream for George and Lennie could have come true, if Lennie wasn’t always getting into trouble. They have the work habits, its just that the determination was lost when George understood the reality between life and dreams.
Lennie getting into trouble has always held George back. A lot of the times people today are held back by friends or family members, it’s their choice whether they want to stay behind, or chase their American dream. To me, the American dream is wealth, and money, the reality, is surviving. In this case, George learned this the hard way. Once Lennie did the last bad thing he could do, George knew that he had to decide whether he wanted to struggle or survive, the American dream was no longer an option for them, at least not together. Was George finds Lennie, Lennie says, “you ain’t gonna leave me, are ya, George? I know you aint.”(Page.103 line 2-3) This quote proves how even Lennie knows that George has been held back by him. That day, after Lennie killed their boss’s wife, he knows that he can’t continue on with him.
Failure never really struck the two men, their American dream of owning their own land and not having to work for someone else, was only ever that, a dream. Even though it was later than sooner that George decided what was best for him, he stopped dreaming, and learned to start living. After he let go of Lennie, sadness had followed. Like everyone else, George knows that he has to just move on and let it go. George says,” I just done it.” (Page. 107. Line 15)
In conclusion, The American Dream left George lonely like he has never been with Lennie. Together, the two could have had anything, determination got in the way of that. Like mice, human kind has a tendency to chase after what is right in front of them, because it’s simply easier. Once the dream dust has settled, and we can see the truth, I think readers now know whether they want to continue working hard towards their dream, or start living in the way most people do, surviving.

Works Cited

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin Group, 2013

Find Another Essay On The American Dream in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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

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

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

2622 words - 11 pages rain in the winter and the stove and how thick the cream is on the milk and how you can hardly cut it. Tell about that George’” (Steinbeck 63). He describes their dream as though we can see, taste, and even touch each item as he describes them. In reality, we know the American Dream was never really a dream they could reach. There is a plethora of examples of diction throughout Of Mice and Men. The diction used by the characters is that of

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

2035 words - 8 pages . Of Mice and Men texts and Broadway play were both received well by the critics and audience, making John Steinbeck a household name in the 1930’s. The Broadway adaptation even won the “best play” award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. His book Grapes of Wrath sold more than ten thousand copies a week when it was first released. This book also won him his first Pulitzer Prize in 1940. John’s last and best award occurred in 1962 when

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

1539 words - 6 pages ) Conclusion To summarize, Of Mice and Men is a book of only 185 pages, but it is big in its accomplishment. (Oliver, 1937). As readers, we can easily find our resonance with the figures in the story. We can even feel their soul under Steinbeck’s description. This fiction by John Steinbeck retain the power to effect today’s readers and to reflect 21st century conditions that remain issues in the country that Steinbeck so valiantly tried to reform

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

773 words - 3 pages people in North America were as tragic as the characters in "Of Mice and Men" as they were chasing broken dreams. Racism was also a problem in the 1930's, black people were killed by white people just because of the colour of their skin.I conclude that the novel was successful in relation to the characters because it portrayed how all American citizens were treated, how they all sought after the same dream and their loneliness. John Steinbeck knew all about the situations that arose in the book as he had experienced it first hand. Overall I really enjoyed "Of Mice and Men" and I think it achieved what it was set out to do.

"Of Mice and Men" by , John Steinbeck

537 words - 2 pages In today's world everybody has dreams of making there lives more fulfilling. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck writes of a life that even now people wish for. The characters, Lennie, Curley's wife and George all dream of aspiring to a better way of life.Lennie has a dream of tending rabbits. He has a love for petting soft items such a dresses, hair and especially small animals. At the beginning of the novel Lennie finds a dead mouse

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

1438 words - 6 pages , making it hard for him to make friends and communicate. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, illustrates how the characters of Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy all are lonely and feel isolated for different reasons. Set in the Dust Bowl, Steinbeck’s realist work portrays the struggles of migrant workers and ranch hands during the Great Depression during the 1930’ and 1940‘s. Loneliness affected these characters in Of Mice and Men due to their

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 1692 words

1692 words - 7 pages Life Is Not A Bed of Roses Life is not a bed of roses. People use this expression to stress the fact that there are and will be difficulties in life. John Steinbeck, in his novella Of Mice and Men, does not fall short of the same views. It takes place in the year 1937, a period associated with the Great Depression, and illustrates the hardships of the time, and more so those that laborers such as George and Lennie experience. Life proves to be

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 1285 words

1285 words - 5 pages Symbolism in Of Mice and Men Symbolism is a person, place, or thing which has a meaning in itself but suggests other meanings, as well. There are many instances of this throughout Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Symbolism in books allows characters, places, and things to have many meanings and help explain the main points and themes of the book. This helps Of Mice and Men show the themes of innocence, loneliness, fidelity, dreams

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 1012 words

1012 words - 4 pages Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Life is an array of emotions and experiences. At times it blesses us with experiences that instill feelings of happiness and joy, in which we are able to celebrate life and all it could offer us. Other times life hits us in the face, letting us endure hardships, sadness, depression and loss. Most may argue that Of Mice and Men is either intended to celebrate the joys of life or meant to be a depressing book

Similar Essays

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

The American Dream In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

2556 words - 10 pages The novel, 'Of Mice and Men' written by John Steinbeck refers back to The American Dream as 'heaven'. Steinbeck is trying to point out that the American Dream is unrealistic. This novel looks back at the dreams of American individuals in the 1930's. It is set in California at the time of the Great Depression during which the American stock market collapsed leaving the nation in a state of economical disarray

The American Dream In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

932 words - 4 pages The American Dream: a good life for all those who are nice and courteous, enough money to live and freedom. In the book Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck recounts the dream of George and Lennie: to have something that is theirs and to be relatively self-reliant. Steinbeck wrote this book to show the troubles of the working poor to those who have enough money to buy the book. He invented two typical characters, yet they are not quite invented, for

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