The Failure Of The American Dream

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The Unavoidable Failure of the American Dream When times are hard many resort to dreaming about their perfect image of what life can be. Their dream will be unattainable because life is never perfect. The American Dream is an idea many thought about during the Great Depression because times were harder for the average working American. The Great Depression occurred during the 1930s when the economy collapsed and eventually one out of four people became unemployed. The Dust Bowl added to the stress of the Great Depression because there was an extreme drought with many dust storms. Lennie Smalls and George Milton are traveling from Weed, California to a ranch in hopes of finding work. Lennie and George have an American Dream to own their…show more content…
Having something that is owned by the person also represents the hard work needed to achieve their dream. Many people have a dream of a great achievement the future can hold. Many character have their own version of the American Dream. Their dreams influence them differently. Lennie and George have the dream of owning a ranch. George tells Lennie a story about owning a ranch with no one to tell them what to do. George tells Lennie this when he gets upset to calm him down. The idea of owning a ranch calms Lennie down because he enjoys thinking of all the colorful rabbits they could own. Having something soft to pet is Lennie safe place that he can go to when he feels stressed. George likes the idea of owning a ranch: “Maybe we’d have a cow or a goat, and the cream is so God damn thick you got to cut it with a knife and take it out with a spoon” (57). Having an abundance of everything like livestock, crops, and land with so many nutrients so everything will flourish is George’s dream. George stats to think the dream of owning their own ranch could come true because he is used to telling Lennie about the ranch. Crooks has a dream of being free and not judged on his race. Crooks feels lonely because he has no one to talk to, this gives him free time. In Crooks free time he can read “a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil code for 1905” (67). By reading the dictionary and the civil code Crooks is educating himself on the rights he has. Crooks wants
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