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How Significant is the American Dream in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men? (First draft) Steinbeck's theme of the American Dream is very significant to the novel Of Mice and Men, as it was set in America during the height of the Great Depression in 1930's. George and Lennie's dream is to have a small farm or a patch of land which they own themselves. It is a dream sufficiently powerful to draw in Candy and temporally, even the cynical Crooks. We know also it is a dream shared by the thousand of itinerant ranch hands. The term 'American' is something of which belongs to an 'America'. Many people were proud to be American and they wanted to be part of America, as it was a young country, and America, the country, has high hopes in being a successful, powerful country. The word 'Dream' is something what someone hopes for, and an objective of what someone wants to achieve in their life. So the 'American Dream' has people coming from every country and background, but were united by a belief that America would give them opportunities denied them in their native country. The American Dream was historically significant as many farm workers would share George and Lennie's dream of a smallholding or small farm, "Someday we're gonna ...read more.


His dog was a part of Candy's dreams. A dream could be in the in the past or the future. In Candy's case it was all in the past. His dog had been through everything with him. This is a similarity between George and Lennie who have also been through everything with each other. Candy knows that nobody could ever replace his dog. Slim offers him "any of the pups" but Candy just remained silent. Candy feels that he can't achieve anything without his dog anymore. That is why he "he lays in his bed silent for a long time". He treats the dog like a human, as part of his family, someone really close. That is what makes Candy become so silent for a long period of time. As Candy lays there silent on his bed he overhears George and Lennie talking about their dream. Again Steinbeck reveals the dream by dialogue. They talk about how one day they are going to get out of the ranch and "live the FATTA the land". As Candy listens to their dream in such detail he asks if he can be a part of it. An old dream has ended but a new one is just beginning. ...read more.


When Lennie dies, the whole dream dies. His death is a complete comparison of how Candy's dog died. George keeps the American Dream alive so it is the last thing that Lennie remembers. Steinbeck describes the dream in such detail so we can actually picture it ourselves. Lennie remembers that one day they could "live the FATTA the land". Steinbeck builds up suspense of how George gradually kills Lennie. George describes how they are going own "pigs and chickens". This is typical of the American Dream, a chance to get rich and have land. However that dream was collapsing all around them as they live in a poor barn house where all the men share the same room. Lennie's death symbolises the suffering and desperations many people had to go through during the great depression. His death represents dreams being shattered. We get an idea that Lennie is going to die, "The valley was blue and soft", this gives us an idea and symbolises heaven and tranquillity. When Lennie says" Ain't you gunna giv me hell", it symbolises Lennie's death. I feel that Lennie's dream is much more significant. Not only has he broken his dream, he has also turned his own dream into an unforgivable nightmare. Lennie was the heart of the dream and without the heart, the dream is not alive. Jaitej Walia 10K English Mrs. Christie Essay on the American Dream -1- ...read more.

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