The American Dream

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In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, one of the themes that it comments on is the American Dream. The American Dream is that through hard work everyone has the opportunity to own land regardless of where they come from. They can have a better life in their own land. The main characters, George and Lennie envision The American Dream. They do not have their own land, so they work to save money to buy their own piece of land. George and Lennie want to achieve the original American Dream because they want to own their own land, so they can stop working for others and reap the benefits. One of the elements of the American Dream is that it is achieved through work and George and Lennie do not mind working hard for it if it means to stop working for others. When everyone is gathered in the farmhouse at night, George and Whit are playing cards. Whit tells George that “you guys really come here to work”. He teases George that they came to the ranch “to work Friday noon. You got to put in a day an’ half no matter how you figure” (86). George tells Whit that he and Lennie are “gonna stick aroun’ a while” because there are going to “roll up a stake” (86). On the first night that they got to the ranch George is talking to Slim. They are in the farmhouse, getting to know each other better. George tells Slim that “if I was even a little bit smart, I’d have my own little place, an’ I’d be bringin’ in my own crops, ‘stead of doin’ all the work and not getting what comes up outta the ground”

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