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Steinbeck: Diverse Cultures.

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Steinbeck: Diverse Cultures The novel, 'Of Mice and Men' written by John Steinbeck refers back to The American Dream as 'heaven'. Steinbeck is trying to point out that the American Dream is unrealistic. This novel looks back at the dreams of American individuals in the 1930's. It is set in California at the time of the Great Depression during which the American stock market collapsed leaving the nation in a state of economical disarray. The disease, hunger and poverty in England were high during this period. Landowners were very wealthy but the rest of the people had to struggle and work very hard for survival. Not only did they have to feed themselves but they also had to pay off the heavy taxes, which went to the landowners. It also was a country where Roman Catholics were unacceptable. These Catholics who wanted to get away from the position of being unwanted in England immigrated to America along with the rest of the people who wanted to be free from England's heavy taxes. They were known as the 'Pilgrim Fathers'- Their ship was called 'Mayflower'. One of the first states a lot of the people settled in was Philadelphia, Latin for 'City of Brotherly Love'. ...read more.


In 'Of Mice and Men' the two main characters are George and Lennie. They are both migrant workers who travel together from one farm to another seeking for employment during the awful time of the Depression. George a is very small but independent person with a very strong personality. He is generous to everyone and especially Lennie. Lennie is very much different compared to George. He is a tall, physically strong man but he is mentally disabled. Steinbeck often refers him to animals. In the first chapter his hands are described as 'paws and he 'snorts' like a horse. He finds it joyful touching soft things but at times it can put him into trouble. Being strong and mentally disabled, Lennie is capable of great violence although he doesn't mean to. He cannot make up his own decisions and relies on George for all actions. George and Lennie both have a dream of owning little land. George feels it will give him more control over his life so that he can do something worthwhile and be free from trouble. He thinks it would provide him with a way of fulfilling the 'National Dream of Freedom and Independence'. If there was no Lennie, he would be living and feeding himself but then again he would be left alone without a companion. ...read more.


Steinbeck relates this idea to The American Dream. He's trying to express that the dream doesn't move forward, it doesn't get anywhere because of the corruption. In this novel, America was meant to be like a new country. To most of the people, it was known as a new Eden. At first 'The Declaration of Independence' stated all people were to be treated 'equal'. Everyone has the rights to 'Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness'. The Americans were very happy at first but when the Depression and drought came in the nation, it destroyed this dream of freedom and equality. Steinbeck is trying to state that The American Dream won't ever work again because of the society's manner. He is also trying to point out that life is harder for the 'weak ones'; the females, black raced, crippled, disabled and elderly. He reckoned there was only one hope. If the American society stopped being afraid and became slightly more confident, then they could have been able to reform a community in order to achieve The American Dream. To express his thoughts to the reader, he has included a moment where George, Lennie, Candy and Crooks get together and start to plan for the future in order to make dreams to come true. Of Mice and Men 1 ...read more.

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