Comparing The American Dream In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Have you ever had a dream? in the story “Of Mice and Men” there are many dreams being described as “The American Dream”. Curley’s wife lost her dream and she lives an unhappy life. George and Lennie have a dream that gives them a reason to keep living and working as they do. George and Lennie’s dream is so powerful that it draws in all who hear it. I intend to prove that dreams have the power to change lives by giving hope. Curley’s wife thought she could become famous and live a better life than she is living now. In the story she States “I could go with that show. But my ol’ lady wouldn't let me.” (Steinbeck 88) a man told her, and she believed. she also said “I coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes.” (Steinbeck 89) claiming that she could be in the movies. and finally she says “But the guy says I coulda, If I’d went, I wouldn't be livin’ like this, you bet.” (Steinbeck 88) she believes she could be living a better life. Therefore in the quotes from the story she believed she could have been famous and lived out her dream instead of living the way she is living now.…show more content…
George explains the dream to Lennie and states “With us it ain't like that. we got a future. we got somebody to talk to.” (Steinbeck 14) saying that they have each other. also “We’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres.” (Steinbeck 14) they are going to save up their money to buy this place. Finally he states “we gotta get a big stake together. I know a little place we can get cheap, but, they ain't givin it away.” (Steinbeck 56) he talks about a place he knows is for sale. In these quotes from the story George is telling Lennie how they have each other to take care of which makes them unique and their dream
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