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James Lakin - The American Dream

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James Lakin The American Dream The American Dream is a concept that anyone, regardless of their background or financial status, is able to pursue and full-fill their personal goal. More often than not it was a financial goal, however there are others, which include community, happiness, love and the closeness of family. America is thought of as a place where dreams can come true. Maybe because of its vast land and financial opportunity. Around pre 1900, there was mass immigration from all parts of Europe so that appears to imply that the people from around Europe believed America was the country of opportunity at the time. From 1915 to 1925, there was the period of time for the industrialisation and growth of American cities. Also around that time, there was an increase in money and wealth that attracted people all over the world. However many years later from 1929 to 1941, America experienced the Great Depression. The Great Depression was the period of time when there was mass unemployment and millions of Americans were living in poverty. This meant for many people at that time, they could not achieve their American Dream. Of Mice and Men was written in 1937, seven years after the start of the Great Depression. I presume that the Depression must have influenced this novel. ...read more.


Crooks' dream was to find companionship and equality. In his dream he wants to be treated equally like the other ranch workers. When he was a young boy, he had a family who owned a piece of land but they had not achieved the American Dream because they were denied equality. On Christmas day he was invited to have a drink with the other ranch workers, however a fight broke out and Crooks was beaten. It is likely that this highlights the racism at that time. Crooks may have been beaten because he was black and separated from the other ranch workers, however it is also possible that it could have happened to any of the workers. The first sign of proper interaction that Crooks has with a person is when Lennie sees the light on in Crooks' room and decides to come in. Crooks briefly gains equality because Lennie doesn't understand the racism and prejudice in the world. However shortly after, Curley's wife arrives at the scene and when Crooks says she is not welcome in his home, she insults him and makes evil threats, 'I could get you strung up on a tree so easy that it ain't even funny'. ...read more.


However, his only family was Curley and there was no hint of a positive relationship between them. The novel also didn't mention anything about Curley's mother. The Boss did not seem to want to help others to achieve their dreams and was happy to allow no sense of community apart from that one Christmas Day when he brought round a gallon of whisky. Slim is a character that likes to keep to himself and he expressed no dream, yet it is clear that he strongly admired George and Lennie's rare companionship. Perhaps this is another sign of a person in need of companionship. In conclusion, loneliness in this book is like a disease. George had Lennie to and Lennie had George to fight the terrible affects of it. But there were others who were not so fortunate, like Crooks who was intensely unhappy, unconfident and seriously mentally damaged from the lasting affects of loneliness. Curley's wife was killed essentially by loneliness and it was that that made her talk to the ranch workers and Lennie which lead to her death. Loneliness is a part of human nature and companionship was what the characters strived for or lacked in and had yet to achieve. Companionship was the common dream. Companionship was what George and Lennie had and which all the other characters wanted. ...read more.

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