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How is 'The American Dream revealed in the novel 'Of Mice And Men'.

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How is 'The American Dream revealed in the novel 'Of Mice And Men'. The novel "Of Mice And Men"is set in the south of Soledad in the Salinas Valley of California probably during the Depression of the 1930s. Three specific locations - along the banks of the Salinas River near the ranch, in the ranch bunk house, and in the barn. The novel 'of Mice and men written by John Stienbeck is about two people's friendship who are itinerant workers in the days of 1930's. Dreams were needed because they portrayed the true inner feelings of a person's mind and they conveyed their thoughts in a different way. Stienback uses various characters to show various dreams, such as Lennie whose dream is to live with rabbits. "The hell with rabbits. That's all you ever can remember is them rabbits said George" This emphasises that Lennie lives in a fantasy of his own, as living with rabbits isn't really realistic. ...read more.

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Candy only has his dog as his companion but that comes to an end as Carlson shoots his dog due to the dislike of it. Candy confesses to George and Lennie, hoping for similar fate as his dog. He over hears George and Lennie talking of their little place, Candy then offers all his money and wants to be in on their dream. The amount of money offered my Candy made it proposition impossible to refuse. Candy clings on this bit of hope, as he has nothing else to hope for. But when Lennie kills Curley's wife the dream is broken. But Candy still wants to carry out his dream. Crooks is another character to reveal his dream. Crooks is called such because of his crooked spine. He is segregated from others because he is black but this does not stop him trying to get on with the others. ...read more.

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'She wore her bright cotton dress and the mules with the red ostrich feathers.' The way she is dressed shows us her dream, which is to be an actress, to have lots of attention and avoid loneliness. 'I met one of the actors, he says that I could go with that show but my ol' lady wouldn't let me.' This shows that she was all ready for the big life but her mum was stopping her as she was too young. She regrets her life and suffers greatly from loneliness because she did not fulfil her ambition at her younger age. These dreams are important because it gives them games to aim for and for confidence as you dream about things that they thought were impossible. Some peoples dream make them wanted in real life as they may be rejected or an outcast for their colour. Steinbecks gives the message to the readers that dreams can become reality if u really want something but dreams do not always turn out the way you wants them to be. Munmeet Kahlon ...read more.

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