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The impossibility of the American Dream in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Dreams John Steinbeck?s novel ?Of Mice and Men? is about the impossibility of the American dream and how the characters dreams are destroyed throughout the novel. Some of the characters as the novel goes on reveal that they have dreams for the future. Curley?s wife?s dream is to be a famous Hollywood actress. Her dream is ruined by the Hollywood director who promised to contact her about her acting career but never has. Also by her marriage to Curley. Crook?s dream is simply for equality among everybody. During this time a lot of people were racist and discriminated against anyone who was of a different race so racism and the attitudes of others destroy his dream. Lennie and George?s dream is to own a place in order to work and live in where they can have cows, pigs, rabbits and other animals. ...read more.

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Lennie touched her hair very roughly. Curley?s wife pulls her head away because she didn?t like it. Because Lennie is confused he grabs her hair and tries to make her stop yelling because this is scaring him. But because Lennie does not know how to control his own strength, he squeezes Curley?s wife too hard and accidentally breaks her neck. He realises he has ?done a bad thing? so he then leaves the ranch because Curley wants to kill him for what he did to his wife. After a while George finds Lennie and because he cannot get him out of trouble, shoots Lennie. Lennie?s uncontrollable strength and his mental state destroyed his, George and Candy?s dream. Curley?s wife?s dream is to become a famous Hollywood actress. ...read more.

Conclusion

Crooks must not go in the bunkhouse so he has to sleep in the harness room. He is also abused by the boss of the ranch if the boss gets angry. Crooks dreams that he can be treated the same as everyone else, so he does not have to sleep in the harness room instead of the bunkhouse or abused by another man. ?Ya see the stable buck?s a nigger.? This quote shows that Crooks is mistreated by the farm boss because he is a black man. The ranch boss thinks he can discriminate against Crooks because he is black. Crooks dream of becoming equal is destroyed by the racist attitudes of others. In conclusion in this novel Priestly describes how ridiculous the American dream is and how hard it is in reality to get exactly what you want as simple things can get in the way and destroy your dreams. ...read more.

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