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

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In the 1930s with the Great Depression affecting millions of people in America, it was common to see immigrant’s working on agricultural labor. John Steinbeck, a great writer of the 20s, portrays the suffering of what an immigrant agricultural worker went through better than any other writer of the time. Publish in mid 1930s, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two immigrant workers, Lennie and George, and their experience of working in the fields of Salinas Valley of northern California. Throughout the novel Steinbeck vaguely tells the readers, through the protagonist Lennie and George, an unrealistic American Dream. It comes to the question of how far-fetched was George and Lennie’s American dream? George and Lennie’s express their idea of an unrealistic American Dream multiply times in the novel. For instance “……..” From this, readers can infer that their version of the American dream is bound to go wrong. The author also includes the fact that Lennie’s work ethic is outstanding, to emphasize that their American dream is the only thing keeping Lennie sane. After all, Lennie mentions his vision…show more content…
Throughout the novel, he foreshadows multiply times that Lennie and George’s dream is unrealistic. Steinbeck does this multiply times by using his other character in the novel. For example “….” Similar to the concept of George and Lennie’s American dream, Steinbeck explains another American Dream through the eyes of Curly’s Wife, and how it contrasts with their dream. Steinbeck is telling the readers that what you hope for isn’t always what you get. Steinbeck could also be foreshadowing that Lennie’s and George’s American dream won’t come true, because, like Calais wife she believed where she would be one day, and it didn’t end like that. Which is why readers can understand that Lennie and Georges American dream won’t come true, especially with the ending of the
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