Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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America is great because of things like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the oh so famous American Dream, but what if that dream was an idea and nothing more? America has had its ups and downs. For example, the Great Depression was a horrible time for Americans of all backgrounds.Certain books like Of Mice and Men show how hard it was to live in this time period. It also shows us how dreams-like the American Dream- were lies. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck believes the American Dream is unattainable. The American Dream is a broad term. To some it is the traditional white picket fence, dog, and two perfect kids; however, it is really about your personal dreams. The American Dream means America is the place where your dreams and goals can and will be achieved. People want opportunity, and that is what America claims to have. However, this dream dies during periods of vulnerability, like the Great Depression. It was filled with poverty, famine, and drought. People did not live, they only survived. It happened all across America and occurred after the roaring twenties in the years 1929-1939. It started when the stock market crashed and finished with America joining the second World War; the in between time was filled with unemployment, bank crashes, increased prices, etcetera. This symbol of death meant that people did not strive to achieve their goals, instead they tried to finish the day with enough for the next. There was no hope. This meant there was

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