• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

American Dream

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. The house of my dreams.

    We stopped in the middle and kissed for a second. Then carried on walking. While he was walking. I bent down and picked up some sand and put it down Hasmits back giggling. He turned around to look at me, and said picking up some sand " right, that's it!!"

  2. Wishes and Dream

    He starts walking at 6.45 a.m. as usual he stop at the 'Dreams Well' to have arrest. He throws a penny into the well and makes a wish. His uncle thought that he went to school early for having an extra class of English. When 3 pm he walking back to the cottage.

  1. How does the novel Of Mice and Men reflect the culture of 1930s America?

    from the other's dreams but is still very similar in its general desires. She wants companionship so much that she will try to talk to people who don't want to talk to her, like all the men on the ranch.

  2. Love is just a dream. Dreams are not reality?

    her body, "Samir, what could have happened to her, she was such a nice girl wasn't she?" asked Samir's mum. There was a brief moment of silence as she waited for an answer but that silence was broken by the slam of the door, "That boy really needs to learn

  1. The Burst Bubble of Dreams

    "Emily and I already talked to them. They said it's ok for you to come home with us." "What?" "Well, at first, they wanted you home, but I told them I would take care of you and that it would make me feel better if you were with me, where I could see you and be sure that I hadn't hurt you."

  2. The Dreams

    As we reached the car I remember snow began to fall .It was lovely, the way it slowly drifted about, blown by the wind, and how it turned orange in the street lights. We watched it for several minutes then we got in the car.

  1. Loneliness Theme of the Novel, Of Mice and Men

    people, especially Crooks, get no praise from the other ranch hands and Crooks never gets the chance to be above another person, so he starts to tease Lennie, when he sees his child-like nature.

  2. How Does Steinbeck Present Loneliness and Isolation in Of Mice and Men(TM)?

    future' George is showing determination to help Lennie's dream come true for them to have rabbits to be Lennie's friends so he isn't lonely, George wants them to be isolated by having their own land where nobody can hurt them, and they can be a family.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work