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

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The definition of the American Dream is the idea that every US citizen has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. In the book Of Mice and Men several of the characters have the desire to accomplish their American dreams. They strive to achieve this through hard work, motivation, and commitment. These character’s dreams were important to them because it gave them hope that tomorrow would be an exceptional day. Their dreams were something they had desired their whole lives. A lot of the characters were not in the best of circumstances and therefore had a desire to accomplish something more. For instance Curley’s wife desired to become a movie star, Lennie dreamed of owning his own rabbits to take care…show more content…
Curley’s wife’s American dream is to eventually be a movie star and become famous. Curley’s wife talked about when she was living in Salinas and she stated, “Well, a show come through, an' I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol' lady wouldn' let me. She says because I was on'y fifteen.” Part of the reason why Curley’s wife never accomplished her dreams was because her mother wouldn’t let her be in the movies or become famous. Talking to Lennie, Curley’s wife told him about her dream and she declared, “Nother time I met a guy, an he was in pitchers. He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural. Soon’s he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it.” She continued on to tell him, “I never got that letter. I always thought my ol’
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