Difference Between Of Mice And Men And The American Dream

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There is a great difference between doing what we want and doing what God wants. Whether which side we base our actions upon, there’s a chance we may not please the other side. If so, what problems will arise if Christian and American dream values differ? If we point of the differences between each belief, we are able to see how much they interfere with each other. In the American dream, working hard is a key point to success, and one’s actions are based on what they believe will benefit them, despite it being morally right or wrong. This belief is touched upon in the stories, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Mammon and the Archer by O. Henry. In a Christian’s eyes, they reflect their actions upon what God sees as morally right, regardless…show more content…
George, knowing that he couldn’t get the job if they found out about Lennie’s condition, hides the fact that Lennie was mentally handicapped and that they were wanted in another town. Although it would be morally right to tell others the truth, George refrains from doing this, as it would cause an obstacle to achieving his dream. The American Dream encourages us to do what makes us happy and content, whereas in Christianity, we are taught to do what will honor God and serve humanity. In the Bible, we are taught to have integrity like Samuel. He admits that he is a sinner and that he should be corrected for his wrongdoings in his speech. “Here I am. Bring a charge against me before the Lord and before his chosen king. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right.” (1 Samuel 12:3) Samuel’s display of honesty makes others to respect him. Being a king, he would have treated everyone else as if he were superior to him, but instead he decides to be humble and confess his sins. Because of his confession, people are able to gain trust in him as he rules as a king. As God taught us, we must repent for our sins. By doing what one believes as right doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right
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