Comparison Of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The novel Of Mice and Men, authored by John Steinbeck, tells the story of two traveling workers, George and Lennie, and their exciting and eventful journey during the time of the Great Depression. From the beginning of their travels together, Lennie and George, like many ranch hand types, have a dream of owning a piece of land that only they could call home. Their longing for this dream is displayed at the beginning of the book in Lennie and George’s conversation by the creek. But, at that time, it didn’t really look like it was possible because Lennie was a troublemaker and couldn’t keep a job. Reality seemed to be a shadow that constantly hung over their dream. But as the book progressed, the dream seemed more and more in reach as they met new characters, like Candy and Crooks. They also meet other characters who once had aspirations, but only get in the way of Lennie and George’s goal. By the end of the story, so much has gone wrong that the dreams end when George puts a bullet in Lennie’s head and destroys all of the thoughts and…show more content…
. . every damn one of them’s got a little piece of land in his head. And never a God damn one of them ever gets it. Just like heaven. Everybody wants a little piece of land. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.” Crook’s statement proves that reality overpowers dreams. Crooks has seen hundreds of men come through the ranch with the same dream as George and Lennie, and none of them ever fulfill it, proving how hard it is to accomplish one’s dream. It not only takes hard work and persistence, but also good fortune, which very few men possess both of. Crooks is one of the many characters in the book that once possessed a dream, but now are overcome with the reality of the world and the fact that it does not allow people to receive what they
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