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A 'Dream' can be defined in as an ideal. The American dream is to be able to get by on your own, to be your own boss, to have a little piece of the world that is yours. 'Of Mice and Men'

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Introduction

A 'Dream' can be defined in as an ideal. The American dream is to be able to get by on your own, to be your own boss, to have a little piece of the world that is yours. Throughout 'Of Mice and Men' there are a series of people, whose dreams have been shattered because of something, and then there is George and Lennie's dream, which at first seems plausible but then shatters just like all the others. George and Lennie are the main characters of the novel and therefore, their dream is the most prominent. It is their dream to one day, buy a farm of their own "An' live off the fatta the lan'," However, the dream after that is slightly split in two. It seems to be George's Dream to try and make Lennie happy over having his own farm, as in chapter one he says "First chance I get I'll give you a pup... ...read more.

Middle

When Crooks finds out about what is now George, Lennie and Candy's dream, he mocks it and tells Lennie and Candy "You'll talk about it a lot, but you won't get no land. You'll be a swamper here till they take you out in a box... Lennie here'll quit an' be on the road in two, three weeks." Eventually, he is won over by the dream and he to becomes entwined in it, "If you... guys would want a hand to work for nothing - just his keep, why'd I'd come an' lend a hand." However his dream doesn't last an hour as before Candy and Lennie can leave he says " 'Member what I said about hoein' and doin' odd jobs?... Well, jus' forget it... I didn' mean it. Jus' foolin'. I wouldn't want to go no place like that." This change I believe is brought on by Curley's Wife saying, "Well, you keep your place, then, Nigger. ...read more.

Conclusion

He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would." These two sentences usher in the suggestion that Lennie was the driving force behind the dream and without him, George does not have the will to complete the dream. It could be also seen as ironic that the dream that George does not believe can happen, is the one he uses to subdue Lennie while he shoots him. The book 'Of Mice and Men' has many examples of the 'American Dream'. However there is not a single dream in the book that succeeds, as there is always a flaw, such as what you are, what you do and what you don't do. All in all, the book suggests that the 'American Dream' cannot exist and that no matter how close it seems, there is always something ready to block the way to it. Luke Sperrin GCSE English Coursework Of Mice and Men The American Dream ...read more.

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