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

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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.

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‘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…’

‘We’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit-hunch and chickens.’

This quote describes their dream about having their own land, living on their own on it and making money from the animals. When Candy hears about this dream, he wants to become part of it by offering some of his money to buy the land and be able to work and live on the land with George and Lennie.

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