The American Dream In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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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 this was the typical
person at the time: in that time, an ambitious young man with a big dream is not hard to find. For
George and Lennie, unfortunately, this dream never works out. After all, it was mostly a lullaby
George created to calm Lennie, to give him something to hang on to, to give him hope. George
uses this “lullaby” to get Lennie to work hard, to behave, and to stay out of trouble. Through out
the novel, we gradually learn that for these unlucky two, achieving their dreams will be
impossible and why.
Steinbeck says that Lennie is mentally challenged, huge, and, as Curley’s wife puts it, “just like
a big baby” (90). George is smarter, smaller, and has taken care of Lennie ever since his Aunt
Clara died. The two travel together, lean on each other and love each other like brothers. They
are also both looking for the same thing: the American Dream. They want a house to themselves,
a bit of land, and rabbits. But they are in the wrong era to go searching for their dream: millions
of others have the same ambitions and few are actually accomplishing those dreams. George
seems to know that, yet he has grown so accustomed to recounting the story to Lennie that it
appears he has begun to believe in it too. But he continues fighting, wanting the dream to come
true and repeats the story to Lennie, ensuring that Lennie works hard, for on his own, George would never be able to save up enough money to buy his dream. He and Lennie both succumbed
to the idea of the American Dream yet they never get to it. After Lennie dies, George seems to
accept the fact that he can go no father in the social chain and will have to content himself with
the life he has. He has reached the highest possible point he can reach and continuing would be
pointless.
Dreaming of an ideal place that he can call home, Lennie lives through the struggle of working
in the farm, with low pay and hard work. He uses his muscular strength to fulfill this one dream
that would change his life. Whenever he is asked to take on an especially hard project, say a bag
of...

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