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