One of the symbols that represents the American Dream is the farm that George and Lennie often fantasized about. It’s symbolizes a paradise. Lennie constantly urged George to describe their future on their own ranch. It kept them motivated to work hard. Specifically, it’s evident in the beginning of the novella, “‘Well,’ said George, ‘we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens.
A big part of the George and Lennie’s lives is the dream that they share: to make enough money and buy their own ranch and be able to grow crops and raise animals. Lennie has a very big attraction to soft things that he can pet; this gets him in trouble throughout his life. Many events in Of Mice and Men are foreshadowed such as Curley’s wife’s untimely death, the loss of the farm dream, and Lennie’s death. In the novel Lennie shows great interest in petting soft things, and it is also shown that Lennie normally kills the things he pets. However, Lennie and George were caught in a situation in Weed where Lennie grabbed onto a girls dress and this got him and George into serious trouble.
Steinbeck’s Use of Foreshadowing Steinback uses foreshadowing in “Of Mice and Men” to make this classic book. The story is about to migrant workers who have dreams of owning a ranch. But the problem is that one of the workers, Lennie, loves soft things which causes them problems. How does Steinback use foreshadowing in “Of Mice and Men”? John Steinback uses foreshadowing by alluding to the poem, talking about Lennie’s obsession, the idea of the “American Dream”, and the parallel between the dog and Lennie in the four documents.
For instance, the treatment given to Crooks by the men on the ranch demonstrates the elusiveness of the American Dream for select groups of people. Through relaying his story to Lennie, Crooks reveals the pain he experiences: "S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black" (Steinbeck 72). This passage fully illustrates the injustice placed upon Crooks, a person of color, who faces racial discrimination, thus prohibiting his rights. Additionally, another character relationship that helps depict the American Dream is between Curley's wife and Crooks. Curley's wife projects supremacy over Crooks, "I could get you strung up on a tree so fast it ain't even funny" (Steinbeck 81).
Owning and tending the rabbits mainly Lennie's dream but both of them want a farm. It was evident that Lennie and George wanted nothing more than to have a farm of their own as shown in this quote; “OK 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’.” (p.14). This quote demonstrates their aspiration to possess their own land, Because of the time period in which Steinbeck writes the book, this was what was known as the “American Dream”, which served as deep motivation to many. Workers like Lennie and George have no family, no home, and very little control over their lives “With us it ain't like that. We got a future.”(p.14).George emphasizes that their dream makes them special.
This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness. Steinbeck’s characterization and setting expresses his belief that it is both social barriers and personal choice that causes the loneliness and isolation of the characters. Civil rights caused separation and isolation towards black people when Of Mice and Men took place. As Crooks mention himself “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I 'm black.
Steinbeck uses characterization within the book through specific characters, such as Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and George, to express major themes of loneliness and prejudice and bringing awareness to the readers. One of the most obvious characters used in the novel to depict isolated at its greatest extent is Crooks, who is described as an outcast separated from the rest of the men because of his race. In the early 1900’s, racism was very common as white people thought they were superior to black people. Crooks’ loneliness is implied through his belongings, but also admits to being so lonely as he says, “S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy
There are multiple way to prove that there has always been fascism, segregation, discrimination and loneliness even in the olden days. This paragraph will be about racism because it is part of discrimination. Crooks is the one who the quote. Lennie is trying to make friends and asks Crooks why he isn’t wanted so Crooks tells him it’s because of racism related reasons. “Cause I’m black.They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” Steinbeck 68
Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, has brought readers a realistic, morbid tale of two laborers that have found their way to a new ranch, hoping to get a job in order to fulfill their dreams. This novella can be perceived by multiple different people who can find what is most valuable to them through their own personal opinion. For me, I find the friendship in the novella to be of most value gto me. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck introduces that protagonists, George and Lennie, their relationship gives the readers a realistic account of what friendship is. Friendship can be seen in many different instances and in many different people.
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”(Steinbeck 14) In all four stories each one has a American dream. Each American dream is unique in itself. What they all have in common is they all are trying to better their life and achieve happiness. That is what the american dream is about achieving happiness.“The American dream is the ideal that the government should protect each person opportunity to pursue their own idea of happiness.” (Amadeo) Therefore the upbringing and understanding will affect how someone perceives the American dream. With stories such as A Raisin in the Sun, Maggie,The Great Gatsby, and Mice of Men, attaining materialistic possessions and significant relationships is the understanding of the American Dream, was valued due to its ability to increase one’s stature within