Of Mice and Men Essay

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Of mice and Men, Crooks says: “ They come, an’they quit sn’ go on; an every damn one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a god damn one of ‘em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Every’body wants a little piece of lan’. …Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head.” To what extent do you agree with Crooks assessment of “The American Dream”? To a certain extent I agree with Crooks statement. There are many dreams in this novel. Not only for George and Lennie but also for Curly’s Wife, Crooks and Candy. Their journey, which awakens George to the impossibility of this dream, sadly proves that the bitter Crooks is right: such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be…show more content…
57. “An’ we’d keep a few pigeons to go flyin’ around the win’mill like they done when I was a kid.” Chapter 3, pg. 58. George has desires for his future to reflect the beauty of his childhood. Many of the characters admit to suffering from profound loneliness. George sets the tone for these confessions early in the novella when he reminds Lennie that the life of a ranch-hand is among the loneliest of lives. Men like George who migrate from farm to farm rarely have anyone to look to for companionship and protection. As the story develops, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife all confess their deep loneliness. The fact that they admit to complete strangers their fear of being cast off shows their desperation. In a world without friends to confide in, strangers will have to do. Each of these characters searches for a friend, someone to help them measure the world, as Crooks says. In the end, however, companionship of his kind seems unattainable. For George, the hope of such companionship dies with Lennie, and true to his original estimation, he will go through life alone. This novel brings to light that many people throughout their lives (during the 1930’s) want to live the American Dream, work towards something to reach their goal, may it be owning a house or just simply a few acres of land they can call their own. Although, for many it is still yet just another dream. But it’s the hope and strive that keeps people like George and Lennie together working towards their

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