Of Mice and Guy– the American Dream
According to Dictionary. com, the American Dream is defined as “The ideals of liberty, equality, and chance generally held to be available to every American; a life of personal joy and product comfort as typically sought by individuals in the U. S (American Dream).” However everyone’s concept of the American dream is a transformed variation of this idea whether it suggested being independent or ending up being richer. In the book Of Mice and Men, many characters attempt and pursue the life consisting of the American dream, and in the end, all of their work failed.
At one of the ranches that George and Lennie go to, they meet a male called Candy, who is an old cattle ranch handyman, who is beginning to think that the boss will soon fire him since of his aging and specials needs. One day, he over hears George and Lennie discussing their ‘American Dream.’ “S’pose I went in with you people … I ain’t much great, however I could prepare and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some” (Steinbeck, pg 59). Although he knows that he isn’t that beneficial, he hopes that George and Lennie will accept his offering and let him have a piece of their dream.
After Sweet discovers Lennie eliminating Curley’s better half, he understands that his dream had actually simply ended up being more difficult. Crooks, the black stableman, is another character that has a dream. “I keep in mind when I was a youngster on my old guy’s chicken cattle ranch. Had 2 bros. They was always near me, always there. Utilized to sleep right in the same room, right in the same bed- all 3. Had a strawberry patch. Had an alfalfa spot” (Steinbeck, pg 73). He desired what his old guy had: a ranch, family, and independency.
He likewise asked George if he might be apart of their ranch … which later we discover that he later on told George to forget it since he understood that in the end, it wouldn’t have actually worked out. Curley’s Other half is another individual who when had a dream. One day she was talking with Lennie and how she nearly satisfied that dream. “Well, a show come through, an’ I satisfied among the stars. He says I could opt for that show … ‘Nother time I met a guy, an’ he remained in pitchers. Went out to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. He states he was gon na put me in the movies. Says I was a natural.
Quickly’s he returned to Hollywood he was gon na compose to me about it … I never ever got that letter … I constantly thought my ol’ woman took it … so I married Curley. Met him out to the Riverside Dance Palace the very same night” (Steinbeck, pg 88). She clearly had a dream including fame and fortune. After that dream was crushed by her mom, she followed up with her back up plan to get hitched. It didn’t work out so excellent, if you ask me. According to Steinbeck, it was nearly difficult, if not, impossible, to achieve the American dream. Anybody who attempted to do so was doing it in vain.
After we see each character explain his/her dream, we see someone/something that obstructs and prevents that particular dream from becoming a truth. So, according to Steinbeck, pursuing the American Dream is to vain as an infant is to tough labor, each being difficult.——————————– -Work Pointed Out”American Dream.”Dictionary. com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 01 Mar. 2012.. Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Guy. A Penguin Book Literature, Print.