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 quotes will also be included if they
play a part with the character’s background and their own ‘American
Dream’

The great depression was a worrying problem during the timing of Mice
and Men. Many people say this is the reason why dreams play a constant
role in the novel. The national predicament during those times forced
many workers to travel the country searching for employment deserting
there families. This forced the citizens of America to have an
ambition to avoid this dilemma occurring for the rest of there days.
The definition of a possibility of one of there dreams could be:
illusion, hope, ambition or an ideal.

The definition of an American Dream is: ‘The ownership of land
provides freedom and independence. Hard work and self sacrifice lead
to personal success and prosperity’. Each character strives for this,
in there own different manner. For example Lennie and George wish to
hold their own land while Curley’s wife wants to be in the acting
business situated in Hollywood. These at first may look very different
but when you think about they are extremely similar. While one wants
land and the other success they both lead to them constituting life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (stated by the American
forefather’s in the Declaration Of Independence).

George and Lennie play the two main roles in Of Mice and Men. They
were drifter workers, and on the run due to Lennie’s past wrong
doings. A quote on page 4 was: “They had walked in single file down
and even in the open one stayed behind each other”. Another quote
shortly followed it; “The first man was small and quick, dark of face,
with restless eyes and sharp, strong features.” This referred to
George.

“Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with
large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders.” This referred to
Lennie the dimmer of the two. These two remarks proved that George was
a leader and acted as a parent figure towards Lennie who was
unfortunately mentally slow. There American dream occurred in the very
first chapter and refined at the penultimate paragraph in the novel.
It also played a vital part in the moral of Mice and Men. The two of
them both wish for this dream to occur, but one of them believes it
will happen more than the other. On page 16 George talks to Lennie and
describes: “O.K. Someday- we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re
gonna have a little house a couple of acres and’ a cow and some –.”

“An’ live off the fatta the lan’,”

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