In John Steinbeck’s classic novella, Of Mice and Men, the readers are introduced to many characters and are shown how each character has their own idea of the American Dream. The first character we are introduced to in the story, is Lennie Small. Lennie’s life critically depends on the American Dream. His dream was to live on his own land with his best friend George Milton, tend rabbits, and have a pup. While waiting for his American Dream to become a reality, he was working on a farm for Curley and his wife.
To sum up, the author in “Of Mice and Men” uses symbolism through animals, characters and places to make readers understand the exploration of different themes such as dreams, innocence, discrimination, and friendship, among others. Moreover, Steinbeck by using these key symbols transports us into the context, which is during the Great Depression, giving a deeper meaning to the novel. In the end, what the author wants to express is that people should always be realistic; it is a fact that they would not always get or achieve what they want. This is not because people gave up on their dreams, but because no one can know or control the situations and things that may happen as the world is not only roses but has cruelty in it. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression that was exactly what happened, people do not trust each other as men were trapped in this tense environment.
Reaching the American Dream is a goal everyone has wanted to achieve and reach one day. Most people think that the American Dream can never be reached. The American Dream could be achieved only if the person reaching for it doesn’t stop trying. In John Steinbeck’s novella “Of Mice and Men”, two men travel to find what they believe is their American Dream. Steinbeck uses Ethos, Pathos, and Logos When wanting to reach the American Dream, people should have a logo.
Rhetorical Analysis Essay People’s realities are shaped by their experiences of failing while trying to achieve their dreams. For years people have shaped and/or destroyed their reality by trying to catch their dreams. People strive everyday to achieve their dreams, but in reality they never will. John Steinbeck uses many rhetorical appeals to help the reader understand how the American Dream can be with his experiences using ethos, paradox, and repetition. Author John Steinbeck displayed multiple incidents using ethos in Of Mice and Men by using the main character George to have to be the role model for his mentally disabled partner Lennie, while trying to catch their American Dream.
George consciously makes the decision to place the focus of Lennie’s mind on thing that Lennie desired most. George placed Lennie’s mind on the farm with the trees, the field of alfalfa, and most importantly the rabbits that Lennie would tend to. Lennie mentions numerous times, “I get to tend to the rabbits,” this dream of Lennie’s is the only thing that Lennie truly enjoys. George allows Lennie to relish in this dream one last time to let him enjoy his last moments of his life. When George and Lennie are still talking before Lennie is killed, Lennie says, “le’s do it now.
George only wants few dollars in his pocket and the chance to be his own man within the restricted parameters available to men like him. In the novel, Lennie and George discuss about their future dreams, “O.K. Someday – we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and– ” “An’ live off the fatta the lan’,” Lennie shouted. “An’ have rabbits. Go on George!
In Of Mice Of Men, I believe John Steinbeck’s greater message is that everyone has something that shows who they are and their story behind it. The author chose to focus on the dream and what it meant to the main characters. The main characters of the story George Milton and Lennie Small have a dream of living on a farm. In the context of the book Crooks the stable buck says “Just like heaven, everybody wants a little piece of land” (Steinbeck 74). This to George and Lennie symbolizes freedom and happiness to do as they please on their own land.
George likes to refer to himself and george as people like us. People like george and Lennie are the people who live off of close to nothing and travel a lot to get new different jobs. George takes care of lennie, lennie can not think for himself but if someone tells him to do something he will do it the best that he can. Lennie doesn't know his own strength, in the book he is holding a mouse and crushes it in his hand by accident. He didn't mean to crush the mouse he was trying to pet it but doesn't know his own strength.
In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows us that people have responsibilities in life, even if they’re unwanted. The character George in Of Mice and Men had the responsibility of taking care of his retarded friend Lennie. George was always with Lennie no matter where they went. It was George’s job to take care of Lennie, so they worked together, and there were numerous times where George had to run away with Lennie because he got in trouble. George didn’t like the responsibility of taking care of Lennie because it was a huge
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.