Comparing The American Dream In Hemingway's Of Mice And Men

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The American Dream has been a talked about topic ever since America was created. But how achievable is it for an average American citizen? That’s one question that can be answered many ways, but in Old Man and The sea, The Jungle, Of Mice and Men, and A Raisin in the Sun, it is proven that the American Dream is possible if one has the right mindset and takes advantage of opportunities. In The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, the idea of the American Dream being achievable with the right mindset is present. First, Santiago is a very unlucky fisher. He never catches anything, but when he does it is very big. When he was fishing after 84 days of not catching anything, he caught a fish bigger than his boat. His personal American…show more content…
Lennie and George have the American Dream of opening their own ranch together and it isn’t very realistic for them to achieve at the beginning of the book. Throughout the book though their dream becomes more and more realistic. When they start to believe in the realisticness of their dream it starts to become more realistic. They keep the achievable mindset and that helps their motivation for their dream. They also take any opportunity given to them. For example, when Candy wanted to join their dream, instead of saying that it was just their dream, they let him join. By letting Candy join in on their dream, their dream became more realistic. Candy provided them many more opportunities which all lead to them getting closer to achieving their own American Dream. Although Lennie dies before they achieve the American Dream in real life, in his mind he has accomplished it. The American Dream can be achieved many different ways and interpreted differently. For Lennie personally, he achieved his American Dream because his last thoughts were about the farm and the rabbits he was going to end up having in the very near future. As for George and Candy they ended the book still working for their American Dream, but things were looking up for them and the
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