The American Dream in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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The American Dream in Of Mice and Men

The American dream is the traditional social ideals of the US, such as equality, democracy, and material prosperity. In the Novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck the American Dream plays a huge role in almost every character’s lives, and the different version of the American dream for each individual has affected both their lives and the outcome of this novella.

The American dream plays a role that makes each character more hard working and persevered as they try to achieve this goal. The American dream is an idea that every man who is in the United States tries to achieve at some point in his or her life. The dream however differs with each and every person, but they all face a similar road trying to fulfill this almost impossible dream. This road includes hard work, determination and perseverance, and even then it is almost an impossible task to accomplish their dreams. In the novella Of Mice and Men the two main characters, Lennie and George share an American dream, of having their own farm and ranch, and Lennie’s very own dream is to "'have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof...'" They have worked hard for this dream and was almost there as one more month of work at a ranch, and they could have the necessary funds to finally

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