Research Paper April 30, 2010
Of Mice and Men
The American Dream is something that many individuals have wanted for countless years. Although it has evolved during the past couple of years, many individuals still strive to achieve it. John Steinbeck in his novel “Of Mice and Men” illustrates this American Dream of the 1930’s. Steinbeck illustrates this dream as impossible through the failure of George and Lennie’s achievement of their dream. To demonstrate the American Dream of the 1930’s in “Of Mice and Men,” Steinbeck uses George and Lennie’s dream as an example.
In “Of Mice and Men,” George and Lennie have the typical 1930’s American Dream. George states in “Of Mice and Men”, “O.K. Someday—we’re gonna get the jack together … we’re gonna have a little house … an’ a couple of acres an’ a cow an’ some pigs and –” (Steinbeck 14). This is the typical American Dream of the 1930’s because most people wanted to own their own land and have a house, instead of having to live in a room full of men and working on a ranch for someone. In “Of Mice and Men,” Crooks exclaims, “I’ve seen, hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads … An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it”(Steinbeck 74). Crooks is saying that many people have this “American Dream” in their head, but none of them ever get it. Crook’s is implying that the American Dream is, well, impossible to achieve.
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