The American Dream

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The American Dream is not a Reality Ever wondered what it is like to be truly free, safe, or have a true friendship? In the 1930s, people constantly asked themselves this question, as they traveled the country in search for work. In the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George Milton and Lennie Small are in search of a new job to provide a steady income. An inspiration that always keeps them on track, and something to look forward to is the American Dream where they will own land, and have truly achieved freedom. In the real and cruel world, can one especially as unfortunate as George and Lennie really accomplish the freedom, safety and friendship of the American Dream? Throughout the story the reader sees many people who want …show more content…

In pursuit of the American Dream, the two main characters, George and Lennie, both base their opportunity to just be together in peace and to work as their own boss through this American Dream. Throughout the story the reader can tell that these two are friends, but polar opposites. Once they get a job and save up enough money they will purchase the land that comes with the American Dream. This sounds very similar to the American Dream, living the simple life at their own leisure, with only the essentials. With dramatically different character traits, George, unlike Curley’s wife, has a major disadvantage when getting a job and babysitting Lennie at the same time. Usually a reliable friendship is a great thing, however the relationship between Lennie and George is strong yet inhibiting to George. He soon realizes that success, combined with having to assist someone with a disability, becomes very difficult. The dream that they have is similar to the general dream that most people have as a motivation; thinking they have a future to look forward as stated in this quote. “ ‘With us it ain’t like that. We got a future.’ …. ‘O.K. Someday-we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and-’ ‘An live off the fatta the lan,’ Lennie shouted”(14). This is another perspective of the American Dream of owning your own piece of land and living

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