Of mice and men literary analysis

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Great Depression Pages: 2 (773 words) Published: October 25, 2014

The American Dream
The book Of Mice and Men has a major theme put in the story which is the “American Dream”. Although everyone’s dream dies with Curley’s wife in the end. Lennie, George, Candy, and Crooks had a dream set together, and when George has to kill Lennie that dream died with him and all of the men sunk more into the depressions hold (they became depressed). The characters talked about all have something in common, they contain a lack of confidence from something they cannot change. These characters feel that this external limitation of theirs will keep them from surviving the depression.

Crooks, the stableman, was seen as the guy that kept to himself, not all because of the people around him terrorized for him being black, but because he beat himself down because he was black. Crooks thought of himself a just, “This is just a nigger talkin’, a busted-back nigger.”(69) Which shows in his case a lack of confidence. He believes, “I 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.”(72) Which condescends himself. “Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head.”(72) He shows no sensitivity, he shows a man that can’t evade the depression, it takes everybody and nobody can get get out of it. They are stuck and there is no dream. Until George and Candy enters his barn and knock humanity into him, and some imagination to show him there is hope for everyone all you need is the determination which is what Crooks needs.
In the depression it was hard for old citizens to live through the depression with a job and home to come home to everyday. They were seen as weak. For Candy he knew this. He believed since the men shot his old dog he would end up just like his dog. Old to the point where they wanted to get rid of him, to the point where he wasn’t needed anymore. “No, I couldn’t’ do that. I had ‘I’m too long.”(44) In...
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