Handicaps, Hardships, and Friendships in Of Mice and Men

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The American Dream is a dream that everyone imagines to be picture perfect. The American Dream means having freedom, equality and opportunity’s to achieve the dream that you conceptualize to be right by you. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck did not want to just illustrate the American dream as being easy, but he wanted to point out the American Dream as being difficult too. Steinbeck made a work of art by composing a great novel to make the reader understand that life can be difficult and at times dreams are hard to achieve. Of Mice and Men was written and based on the settings of the Great Depression (Anderson). The Great Depression was a very dire time that left multiple of people despondent and the unavailing to move on with…show more content…
I been figuring bout them rabbits…. I got it figured out. We can make some money off them rabbits if we go about it right.” Overall, Candy, as a character is not very strong. He was left behind in the story because of that, he was also left behind because of his handicap and his age. Lennie, a mentally disabled man was one of the main characters in Of Mice and Men. His mental disability caused him to not know his own strength (Steinbeck 33). Steinbeck hints that Lennie has done a lot in the past that has led to them living the life there living now (Timmerman). Lennie is very friendly but his mental illness causes him to make bad decisions. His biggest flaw is that he doesn’t know his own strength; he injures things unknowingly and easily breaks Curley’s fingers without even realizing it (Hill). George, Lennie’s best friend, has been taking care of him since they were younger. When Lennie’s Aunt Clara dies George vows to always take care of Lennie (Stienbeck 45). Though Lennie continues to get into trouble George continues to take care of him and jump from town to town just to keep him safe (Telgin). George is being prepared for a tragedy throughout the whole story, which causes readers to feel sympathy. He’s basically doomed from the start because he cannot avoid the tragedies provided by Curley, Curley’s wife and the rest of the characters. Steinbeck uses Lennie’s innocence to ensure his destruction (Hadella). One of the major hardships in Of Mice and
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