One dream, One Shot in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Essay

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Everyone has an American dream, a belief that represents anyone can carry out a higher quality life through hard labor, and finding happiness at the end. These people work their lives to fulfill a dream that seems impossible, but in the end they either succeed or fail. Despite the odds, people still dive into this idea not knowing how it will end. By taking risks in life, they have a higher chance of achieving this dream of theirs. It ultimately shapes their character and spirit. Stopping at no extent, they make sacrifices to meet their main goal. This dream is put to the test in Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, which takes place during the Great Depression causing George and Lennie, mentally disabled friend, to have a hopeless …show more content…

Having the American dream planned out all in his head, George can imagine what will happen when they finally accomplish this dream. Lennie allows him to have faith and believe in their American dream. George explains resignedly to Lennie while heading over to get an interview for the job, “ [w]ell-look, we’re gonna work on a ranch like one we come from up weed.” (6). George and Lennie’s American dream control their actions to the point, where they both work on a ranch to gain enough money to buy their farm and accomplish their American dream. If they do not work at the ranch, every hope of achieving their American dream would be crushed. Though it is unclear whether Lennie and George will succeed in their vision, there are others in this novella that have trouble with this as well. Due to the Great Depression, both Curley’s wife and Candy similarly can not achieve their American dreams. This is a time where everyone lives in poverty and the chances of accomplishing an American dream are close to nothing. Later, Curley’s wife and Lennie have a conversation alone, where she explains to him, “ ’[n]other time I met a guy, an’ he was in pitchers...He said he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural. Soon’s he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it...I never got that letter” (88). Curley’s wife’s dream is to become an

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