The American Dream in the Novel 'of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Novella Pages: 3 (1114 words) Published: October 30, 2011
The American Dream in the novel ‘Of Mice And Men’ by John Steinbeck Connor Hockley 9H

In the novel Of Mice and Men a major theme is the journey to live out the American dream. The American dream is a difficult concept to describe because the dream may be different for different people. The American dream may also be different depending on the time period in which the person lives. A person living in the sixties may have a different dream than someone who is living in the nineties. There are some similarities that are in most people's dreams regardless of when they lived or who they are. Most people's American dream is to be successful. The generality may be similar however the meaning of success may differ from person to person. Most peoples dream includes being happy, healthy and surrounded by family and friends. However, dreams may differ in that some people may want to work hard, be healthy and have financial success. Others may dream of living off the land and working just enough to survive, while still being healthy and happy.

In the novel Of Mice and Men each character had their own version of their American dream. For George and Lennie, their American dream was to live on a farm without a boss and have rabbits to play with, “’an’ live on the fatta the lan’”. Lennie always asks George to tell him how it will be one day. Lennie wants to hear about the time when they will leave the farm where they work and buy their own farm. That will be the day when they can be independent and live their American dream. George says that they will have strawberries and rabbits and their own little house to live in without rules or restrictions. George's and Lennie's dream is so appealing that Candy and Crooks want to join George's and Lennie's dream of owning their own farm because they think that George and Lennie are close to reaching that dream. George's and Lennie's dream appeals to Candy and Crooks because it is everything that they also want to...
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