Of Mice And Men American Dream Analysis

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In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck takes the reader through the lives of George and Lennie, alluding to the importance of having a dream: the American Dream. It becomes clear that this dream is significant to George and Lennie, their lives, and the tragic ending of Lennie’s life. Although the American Dream is rarely achieved, having this dream carries a profound weight to the lives of those who strive for it their whole lives because it affects everything they do, as they truly believe it is possible. The American Dream holds a great importance to many of the novel’s characters, especially George and Lennie. It primarily serves the purpose of keeping Lennie from getting himself into trouble; every time he does something regrettable, he questions George about their dream farm. For example, after he crushes Curley’s hand in a fight, he immediately asks George if he will still get to tend to the rabbits. Furthermore, the Dream is significant to George. He not only uses it to keep Lennie away from trouble, but also as a mental escape from being an ordinary migrant worker. He starts to believe it after repeating it in such detail…show more content…
The story, Of Mice and Men, is centered on working toward the goal of earning enough money to buy a farm and live off of its sustenance. The premise is George and Lennie working to get this land. The desire to be their own bosses motivates everything that occurs in the novel. This is demonstrated at the beginning when George and Lennie are walking down the stretch of highway leading to Tyler Farm. They continue to walk, but only because it gets them one step closer to the Dream. Later on, the American Dream revisits when Lennie is talking to Curley’s wife. She insists on talking, but Lennie thinks of the rabbits in his future and refuses to talk, claiming that by talking to her, he is risking losing the one thing that he truly cares

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