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In what ways do the events of the novel "of mice and men" represent the death of the Great American Dream?

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In what ways do the events of the novel "of mice and men" represent the death of the Great American Dream? The great American dream is all about the freedom to do anything that you are set out to do. You would be able to achieve anything through hard work and determination. It is also about the opportunity to do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. In the book Lennie and George go around America getting jobs at ranches for other people, and the great American dream is that you find a plot of land, build a house and become your own boss. The first sign of the great American dream being shattered is when we hear that Lennie has abused a girl in Weed, thus making them have to flee for their lives away from Weed to their new ranch near Soledad. ...read more.

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The meeting of Curley was bad to start with because he is a very aggressive person and likes to beat up people who are larger than him. This is why he starts a fight with Lennie, but loses badly by getting his fist crushed by Lennie's hand. This may have turned out worse, and he may have told the boss which is Curley's dad, but he did not. It could have turned out worse and they could have ended up having to run away from a town again. The meeting of Curley's wife was not very helpful either, because she took a liking to Lennie and Curley had his suspicions about them. George does not believe that they can both work up enough money to build them a house on a large plot of land. Lennie believes this though. ...read more.

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When George found out about this he knew that their dream would be virtually impossible now. I think that everyone else who was involved in their dream knew it too. When Curley found out that Lennie had killed his wife he set out to lynch him and got together a lynch mob to hunt him down and kill him. George had told Lennie, before they went to the ranch for the first time, to go to the waterhole and hide in the brush until George came down to help him. George immediately went down to the waterhole to find Lennie. Now that George knew the lynch mob were after Lennie he had to kill him himself. Now, George knew that their dream of a ranch was never going to happen and never would happen for George on his own either. This last event determined whether they would make the dream come true, or it would be shattered. ...read more.

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