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Why is the Idea 'The American Dream' Important in Of Mice and Men?

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Why is the Idea 'The American Dream' Important in Of Mice and Men? The American Dream is a fundamental theme in John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. I will endeavor to examine how the theme is presented in the novel in order to determine why it is so important. Whilst exploiting the theme it will be imperative to consider the characters that hold this dream, I will focus on George and Lennie, the two central characters. In addition I will acknowledge the social and economic situation of the time, the Great Depression. The American Dream is an ideal, a hope that has been central to American culture since the formation of the country. When America was colonized by England the main reason for people wanting to immigrate there was land. ...read more.


Racism was a problem in this period of time, it was considered normal to call a black person nigger. In this novel crooks is the character that represents racism, he is not allowed to sleep with the other men and is referred to as nigger. In the story crooks explains to Lennie and Candy that they are not the only one's after a piece of land and that every man has a piece in his head. Women were treated as equally bad as black people. This is represented in the book by Curley's wife, Curley is always asking around to see if she has been in the bunk house because he is overly paranoid about her. Many think she is just a tramp and a tart that is giving men the eye but the reader later discovers that she is just lonely because Curley doesn't treat her with respect, but due to sexism she is treated like a flirt and a tramp. ...read more.


Jus' as soon as I can't swamp out no bunkhouses they'll put me out on the county. Maybe if I gave you guys my money you'll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain't no good at it." There is no friendship on the ranch; George and Lennie are the only two workers that travel around together everyone is lonely and again wants to escape this situation. The only way to escape this situation is to have hope and the hope is the "American Dream" The novel is all about the hopes of men and how they are crushed, "The American Dream" was a common hope during the time period in which the book is set, it was also a hope before and after but it was especially common during this time. Because the book is about dreams being crushed and George and Lennie's dream fails in the novel the "American Dream" is a central theme in "Of Mice and Men" ...read more.

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