The American Dream Explored In Of Mice And Men

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In this essay I am going to explore how the ideas of the American dream is explored in ‘Of Mice and Men’ The title, Of Mice and Men, came from the saying “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray and leave us nothing but pain for what might have been”. This is such a well-chosen name for the novel because it explains the factors leading to the characters’ dreams. The novel was written during the Great Depression of 1930 in the USA. It tells the tragic story of George and Lennie, two displaced Anglo itinerant farm workers in California during the Great Depression (1929-1939). The story is set on a ranch, a few miles from Soledad in the Salinas Valley. In the following essay I will also explain their dreams and show how they... View More »

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Yet this is what they thought, the dream gradually vanished throughout the novel. The author, John Steinbeck, illustrates this vanished dram through a series of incidents involving Lennie and his interactions with other characters in the novel. It all started with the incident in Weed where Lennie had to ‘feel a girl’s dress’ and she cried out that he was ‘raping’ her. George and Lennie had to hide in a cesspool while men went looking for them. This made George very cautious of Lennie’s actions and was disappointed to have to run away.
Lennie later, a few miles south of Soledad by the Salinas River, killed a mouse. ‘Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’t kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead’, this conveys that Lennie is ashamed at having disappointed George. However George isn’t pleased ‘Give it here!’ this conveys George as quite an overpowering person and very demanding because ‘Lennie’s closed hand slowly obeyed’. The reader, at this stage, would take this as foreshadowing for events later in the book.

Lennie’s next unfortunate incident was with Curley when ‘Curley stepped over to Lennie like a terrier’. It wasn’t Lennie’s fault because George yelled ‘Get ‘im, Lennie!’ Lennie reached for Curley’s fist as it was swinging and crushed it. ‘Curley was flopping like a fish on a line’. This had an effect on their dream and could have put a stop to it because Curley is the boss’s son and he could get them sacked and make it very difficult for George to keep Lennie out of prison. But luckily Slim keeps the chances of the dream alive, for the meantime, by stepping ...

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