Of Mice and Men - American Dream

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Of Mice and Men Essay

The American Dream is a dream of a land in which life should be better, richer, and fuller and with opportunity for each. It is a dream of social order in which each man and woman should be able to achieve the fullest rank of which they are capable of, and be recognized for what they are, regardless of the circumstances of birth or position. Of Mice and Men takes place in the 1930's of America during the Great Depression. The American dream is a significant motif in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men both Lennie and George stay optimistic about achieving the dream, ‘We’d have plenty of rabbits.’ George says this to Lennie to keep his spirits up for the future. George says ‘We’d’ which is future tense and the future tense gives him the motivation to attain the dream. . Nevertheless, the dream is never fulfilled, and the characters who have counted on it are the ones who are the most devastated. Slim's comfort at the end "You hadda George", indicates the sad truth that one has to surrender one's dreams in order to survive.

The characters with the highest status and power don’t seem to rely on the American dream as much as the characters with a lower status. From the descriptions of the characters, we see from the start who has a higher status and who would be valued more on the ranch. When slim is first mentioned to George and Lennie Candy talks very highly of him. “Hell of a nice fella. Slim don’t need to wear no high-heeled boots on a grain team” This being said about Slim from someone who works under him, shows that Slim is respected. He doesn’t have to wear “high-heeled boots” in order to get authority. He already has it, and the respect of the men. The second physical description of Slim is the first time George and Lennie see him. ‘Tall man stood in the doorway. He held a crushed Stetson hat under his arm while he combed his long, black, damp hair straight back. . . .When he had finished combing his hair he moved into the room, and he...
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