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Is the "American Dream" presented as a myth or a real possibility in "Of Mice and Men"? John Steinbeck, the author of the book "Of Mice and Men" was born in Salinas, California in 1902. His books were based on real-life experiences: his own and the people he worked with. During his working life, Steinbeck met many people hoping to achieve what was known as the "American Dream". Many Americans shared this dream, although it meant different things to different people. The novel "Of Mice and Men" was written in the 1930s, this period of time was known as the "Great Depression". Before this decade came the 1920s - the "Roaring twenties" as this was called. At this time America was a newly discovered country, with plenty of money, cars, planes and industrial work. This all changed on the 29th October 1929 with the stock market crash. Unemployment during this time rose to 30% and 50% of commercial banks failed. The "Great Depression" destroyed the lives for many Americans, it left people homeless in poverty and despair. The workforce was largely male and stayed this way until after the war had ended. ...read more.


of Candy himself, it seems that Candy wishes the same will happen to him, that he will die to end his suffering as he is old and is not in a great physical condition; "Out of his sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand", Candy knew he could not get another job because of his condition and even with his dream, he didn't believe he would ever escape ranch life until he died. When he hears about Lennie and Georges dream, he sees an opportunity to achieve his own dream and keep his pride in old age. Candy offers George and Lennie "three hundred an' fifty bucks" to let him be a part of it, only then does this dream start to seem more like a reality. At this point the content of the dream changes, "His eyes full of wonder. "I bet we could swing her," he repeated softly." At first it seemed a myth and then it changed to being possible and within their reach, George seems to be amazed at how they could finally achieve the dream after such a long time. ...read more.


"If I catch any one man, and he's alone. I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk", they all seem to be scared of each other and what someone might say if they're seen talking to her because Curley does not like any of them talking to his wife. In conclusion the "American Dream" is presented as a myth in "Of Mice and Men". In my opinion Steinbeck ended the story without any of the dreams being completed to show what was happening in America at the time, with millions of people hoping, but never achieving the "American Dream". By using the word "dream" it shows that it is always something someone is hoping for, something which doesn't always become a reality. The two deaths in chapter six - the puppy and Curley's wife, end the dreams of all the characters in the play. This ending seems to be inevitable as Lennie is always shown as a strong character that is not quite capable of handling his own strength which is what brings the dream to be ultimately destroyed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shabnam Begum OF MICE AND MEN ...read more.

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