Comparing The American Dream In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The American Dream is the dream to be rich and wealthy. Jeff Bezos is one example of a person living the American dream with his ownership of amazon. People pursue the American Dream because they have to go all or nothing. People might also pursue the American Dream because they have a sense of urgency to try and never give up. Lennie, Curley’s wife, and Crooks are characters from John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men whose struggles with mental disability, rough childhood, and racial discrimination lead to broken dreams that negatively impacted their lives.
To begin, Lennie’s experience with his mental disability ruined his dream and drastically changed his life due to his poor choices.According to Lennie Steinbeck’s story “Mice and Men” during the time they were in weed he said “ they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead--because they was so little” ( Steinbeck 10). This shows that Lennie struggled to realize the difference between right and wrong. Lennie killed the mice and did not believe that it was a bad thing; this shows that he does not understand his strength. The narrator …show more content…

Crooks emphasizes that “ They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black” (Steinbeck 68). This explains that black people back then were not able to do some things that the whites were allowed to do because of Jim Crow Laws. Curley’s wife shows how Crooks is treated on a daily basis by “ You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?” ( Steinbeck 80). This shows that because of the color of Crook’s skin he had to walk on shells around all the people because he is in a worse situation then the rest of them since he is a slave. Finally, Crooks is treated unfairly because of the color of his skin and not by the way he acts which is

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