Crooks American Dream

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The American Dream is in the Declaration of Independence stating that we as individuals have the natural rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that these rights are given to us by God. George and Lennie dream of owning a farm and living off the land. Of Mice and Men shows that poor migrant workers working during the Great Depression can’t make it in America and that the American Dream is only an illusion and nothing else since no one can make it. All the laborers in Of Mice and Men dream of life, liberty, and happiness, but no one ever achieves these. Crooks said that "Nobody ever gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land." when he finds out about George and Lennie owning a farm. At the same time, while the dream may never…show more content…
The farm on which George and Lennie planned to live a place that was away from others and that no one could reach them, has a magnetic quality, as Crooks points out. After hearing a description, Candy is completely drawn in. Crooks has seen many men fall under the same spell, and still continues to ask Lennie if he can have patch of garden on his farm. The characters in Of Mice and Men, desire to come together in such a way that would be like brothers. They want to live with each other’s interests and thoughts in mind, so that they can protect each other, and to know that there is someone who is protecting them and will always protect them. Given the harsh, lonely conditions that George and Lennie live, it isn’t a surprise that their friendship is idealized in such a way. Ultimately, however, the world is a harsh and brutal place to be able for them to sustain such a relationship with one another. George and Lennie, who come closest to achieving this ideal brotherhood, are sadly forced to separate from each other. With this, an incredible rare friendship between two individuals who were like brothers…show more content…
He also has difficulties relating to others in situations. Lennie’s mental capacity is also his strength since it lets him see how others truly are without any prejudices. He becomes friends with Crooks and Lennie does not realize that is unusual for him to become friends with someone who is colored. Lennie is a carefree individual and the dream he wants to go after and achieve is to tend rabbits, which is the outlook on life that people find a refreshing view of him. His friend George, has weaknesses and strengths as well. His weaknesses are his physical strength and undying loyalty to Lennie, which also happens to be a strength of his. His loyalty is always having him running from the law, having to lie to others, and cover for Lennie. George feels guilty for treating Lennie badly when they were in their youth and is always trying to make up for it because George enjoys Lennie’s company. George’s loyalty also plays as a strength because Lennie can depend on him to watch over him because George cares for him. This loyalty helps Lennie to get him out of trouble, to help him aquire jobs, and to stand up to people who are harassing him just for being a slower
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