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The American dream "Of Mice and Men".

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Everybody has their dreams and hopes but this is just a gap or an illusion. Whether it will come true or not, it depends. When you have got nothing, all you can do is dream. This need for a dream happened in America during The Great Depression of the 1930s. The American Dream simply means wishing for something that is usually out of people's grasp. John Steinbeck, the author of "Of Mice and Men" used the American Dream to illustrate to people that this dream is actually blinding individuals from seeing the reality. George Milton and Lennie Small, the two main characters in this novel have dreams, and these dreams clearly stand as symbols of the American Dream. Lennie is a hugely strong man but his heart and courage is totally opposite. Although he looks like a giant, his boldness is as small as an ant. He does not have any confidence to do things by himself. In his life, all the hard work he did for was a sacrifice to achieve his dream of rabbits. ...read more.


"OK, someday we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres and a cow and some pigs and..." George wants this ranch because people suffered during that period of time when there was the greatest economic crash in the American history. People who used to have loads of money suddenly dropped to zero and they just had a bag with clothes and accessories without a single cent. All men were offered in some way or other, including George. He has to move from one place to another looking for security and work. Imagine if you have to travel around, sleeping with people whom you are not familiar. If you are forced to wake up early by someone, what would you feel? Everybody wants their won place called home. It is the place where you have your privacy to relax. What stops him from getting to his dream is because of his jobs. By working at the ranch alone earning 50 dollars a month, I can guarantee that George will definitely be in the coffin before he has enough money. ...read more.


He wanted his wife to be nowhere but home. He imprisoned her. Curley's wife's dream had been shut down since she married Curley but she kept on dreaming. However, if she had not married Curley, she would probably not have achieved her dream, as this is an illusion. Hollywood pulls many hopeful star wannabes but very few achieve success. Curley's wife loves getting dressed up when she lives on the ranch. Why does she have to dress so nicely when there are just ordinary guys around her? Well, this shows she has no choice. She needs to dress up to comfort herself. This dressing up is a symbol of her dream. The American Dream is only a dream. A dream which is too far beyond our reach. No mater how hard you put your effort into it, the probability is just as low as if you do nothing. In this case, the characters dreams did not come true. Maybe some characters like George or Candy did not have the high expectation for it to happen but Lennie and Curley's wife still wished for it until the very last second of their breath. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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