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The Dream Of Lennie And George "Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck

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In "Of Mice and Men", Steinbeck shows every character's desire for some kind of achievement in life as an example of the American dream and how unattainable it really is for them. The American Dream is one of liberty, untarnished happiness and self-reliance. At the beginning of the novel George and Lennie immediately bond together building a close friendship that teaches them both new things. Crooks is willing to work for nothing, just to gain the independence for a life outside the stables and to leave his lonely little room. Candy is a beautiful, talented girl sick of the farm life and she's willing to do anything in the world to attain the American dream. The starting of wanting to ...view middle of the document...

But not us. Cause I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you, and that's why" (p.13-14).Crooks thought about George, Lennie and Candy's dreams when he first heard of it from Lennie. While taken part in trying to attack Lennie and his ideal American dream, Crooks was surprised by the possibilities of the American Dream. Crooks claimed that "I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'... Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land." (p.75/76) But unfortunately, at the end of the novel, George and Lennie's dream was shattered when George was forced to kill Lennie. Crooks alleged that, "I never really seen a guy do it... If you...guys would want a hand to work for nothing-just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand."(p.76) However, Crooks' pride kept him from being part of their dream, saying that, "'Member What I said about hoein' and doin' odd jobs? Well, just forget it." (p.83) Despite having heard and believed that the American Dream was possible, he still refused to be convinced, so the American Dream would always be unattainable due to his ego.Candy had always had walys dreamed of becoming something, but it appears that she had simply been...

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