American Dream In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men’s American Dream
The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Also known as the American Dream, is a hope of many Americans. In the book Of Mice and Men they show their dearest desire to find it. However the struggle of the 30’s, may come as a surprise.
"'Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. They say I stink.” In 1930’s race was known as a much bigger issue than today. This quote was spoken by crooks, a man who had longed to be treated with the same respect as the “whites”. Crooks came from the North, and absolutely despised the way the other men treated him because of his color. But
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George had longed for his own land and to live off of it with Lennie. “We will live off the fat of the land” he would always say. And that was all he had wanted, that was his American dream. As him and Lennie went through many difficulties to get attempt to get there, they never gave up. Soon after meeting an old man named candy at the bunk house, they had the whole thing planned out.
Men weren’t the only ones with the great american dream, Curley's Wife also shared in the hopes. As well as Crooks, Curley’s Wife wanted to be treated as equal as men. "You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad." She once said to Lennie. Under those circumstances, Curley’s Wife could not talk to any of the guys at the bunkhouse. This neglect drove her insane. She had hoped to not Always be so lonely and have no one to talk to. And this desire would be her American dream throughout it all.
What is the American Dream? The American Dream is hope, hope for equality, pursuit of happiness, and a desire of all Americans. Crooks, George, and Curley’s Wife from Of Mice and Men demonstrate these qualities agreeably. Given these points, the 1930’s was a time of hope, desire, and the American
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