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Book report: Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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  • Submitted: 15/12/2002
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Book report: Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

In the 1930s Europe considered America a place of hope, opportunity and prosperity. It was believed to be the land where everyone was equal and successful, whilst also evading religion, political narrow-mindedness and outdated ideas of Europe.

Various quotations illustrate the concept of the 'American Dream.' The people of America believed that freedom and equality would be gained if they fulfilled the American Dream. However, life for those Americans turned out to be very different, thus the failure of the American Dream.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal.' That nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln

In 1929

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