The American Dream in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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When we try to chase our dreams, we end up in our own diminutive lonely world. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, has taught readers that the American dream can only ever be accomplished through hard work and determination. More times than others, we are distracted by the dream itself, and don’t chase the reality, which can then lead to high expectations, and without hard determination, that can then failure. In the end, we have been lonely for so long, chasing a dream, that when reality hits us, we become isolated and lonely. For George and Lennie, they have each other, until the American dream seemed too hard to chase.
The friendship between the two men might be useful for both of them, yet it is more useful for Lennie, than it is for George. With an intellectual disability, without George to take care of him, Lennie would end up dead, or in jail. For George, even though he loves Lennie like a brother, he is just a burden for him, holding him back from his own American dream, money, a house, and a girl. George says, “God a ’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month comes I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want.”(Page 11, line 2-6.) By saying this, George is letting the readers and Lennie know that he has two American dreams, and one is
easier than the other. I believe that once readers understand the laziness and lack of determination that most…