Lennie and George were migrant workers that traveled together from place to place trying to get a job in desire that soon enough they would have money and be able to afford their own piece of land. Steinbeck shows how events conspire against the apperception of one's dream. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses George and Lennie’s dreams to show that any dream, big or small, can cause motivation. Most importantly
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by the John Steinbeck. George and Lennie are two characters trying to achieve The American Dream, which is basically owning a piece of land, however they first have to earn the money and stay out of trouble. George and Lennie find a place where they can work, but George has to keep and eye out and make sure Lennie doesn't get in trouble like they did in Weed. (I STILL DONT HAVE ANY IDEA AS TO WHAT TO WRITE IN THE THESIS STATEMENT BUT ILL SAVE THAT FOR TOMORROW) Crooks is defined as a negro stable buck who is lonely, isolated, and alienated because of the color of his skin. “I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain’t wanted in my room” (68).
He is the protagonist so I am assuming that his character is going to mature in some way before the story ends. The use of indirect characterization is what makes me think that George's commitment to care for Lennie will change, “if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could get my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want.” It is obvious that George does not like caring for Lennie all the time and this could be an example of
George, one of the main characters of the novel, is way too optimistic on the idea of achieving the American Dream. “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” (15). What George does not realize after saying this line is that he will never be able to acquire the ideal American life with the lifestyle that he lives now. If he wants a fair chance at the American Dream, George needs to understand that success does not come easy. He is crazy for thinking that this dream is a possibility to be his future because he is just a rancher with a great lack of knowledge and skill.
The play Death of a salesman is set in late 1940s in America. This play’s main theme is ‘American Dream’ which Willy is trying hopelessly to grasp believing that if he is well liked and personally attractive he will succeed in business in American society. This le but it also has several different themes such as betrayal, abandon, reality and delusion. These themes appear every time Willy drifts back to the past throughout the play. Willy Loman, a 60-year-old salesman with two sons, lives in his dream believing that his sons would be successful like him and is certain that a good salesman has to have a well liked personality just like Willy himself.
An’ then I’ll come back an’ work another month an’ I’ll have fifty bucks more.” Here John Steinbeck uses repetition to make it abundantly clear to the reader that George has forsaken his dream, and chosen to become the lonely farm worker he once felt empathy towards. Although some may argue that George's reaction to the broken dream is not one of grief, but rather one of indifference, as he does not believe in the dream, this is opinion is quickly refuted when we are able to see his belief in the attainability of the dream grow as he discusses the dream with Candy and
What is it like to have a dream that makes you feel alive, that gives you another reason to rise and to strive in morning and throughout the rest of your life? During the 1930’s this was often found within migrant workers who were searching for “The American Dream” of, at this time frame, land, wealth, and liberty. Providing for their families was one more part of “The American Dream.” Sadly most people failed to find “The American Dream” and ended up isolated and empty. Dreams are the reason people chose to suffer this pain. In the novella, Of Mice and Men, the author, John Steinbeck, has demonstrated the fatal effects of dreams through the themes of false hope, motivation, and the trouble that they cause as well
Of Mice and Men was an excellent novel about two migrant workers traveling in Southern California, trying to make enough money to fulfill their dream of attaining their own plot of land. They have trouble accomplishing this goal when Lennie, the big and clueless on of the two, consistently makes mistakes, some of them being vital. The author, John Steinbeck, uses great techniques and literary devices that build up to the climax and resolution. Throughout the story, he describes how several characters all have/had dreams or goals, but none of them truly achieved those dreams. All of these literary devices, techniques, and the entire plot lead up to my thesis statement.
Desmond Tutu, a South - African social activist and retired Anglican priest once said “ Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”. Of Mice and Men is a novel which revolves around the lives of struggling farmers and how they still maintain hope despite their hardships. The symbolic representation of light embodies the hopes and the American Dream, whereas the dark epitomizes the harsh realities and truths of their lives. Steinbeck uses light and dark to foreshadow the upcoming events in the forlorn lives of the migrant workers. He also combines aspects such as the setting and characters with light and dark to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind as to how the world of the migrant workers looks like.
This character never really achieves the “dream” because he physically never there to see it. His loved ones are left hurt and the same people he failed to spend more time with. He got too caught in the “dream” of being wealthy and forgot what was really important, his family. Willy Loman is the father of two sons named Happy and Biff and he has a loving wife named Linda.
They aint got nothing to look ahead to.” (Steinbeck 13-14) Similarly, Curley’s wife dreams of becoming a movie star. "I tell you I ain 't used to livin ' like this. I coulda made somethin ' of myself." (Steinbeck 88) For so long, she had desired to make her own path and become something much more than a rancher’s wife. “Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes—all them nice clothes like they wear.” (Steinbeck 89) However, just like George, she finally fathoms the elusiveness of her dream and decides to settle and marry Curley.
Of Mice of Men, is a novel about George and Lennie, two ambulatory migrant companions and workers. They traveled through California during the Great Depression, looking for some work opportunities. Besides, the main characters George and Lennie personified the struggles to survive during the Depression. They possesses a strong dream of having their own farm. However, Lennie is mentally disabled, but a physically tough man who travels with George, his best and possibly only friend.
Steinbeck portrays friendship as a good thing to life in Of Mice and Men, but it won’t always end up being a cohesive unit the majority of the time. Through George and Lennie, we are able to see how he believes friendship is an important part of our everyday lives. Without friendship, we would have a void in our life, that couldn’t be filled by anything else. During the Great Depression, it was someone to turn to, if you were going through a rough time. George may have never thought that friendship was a vital part of his life, but in reality is was a big part.
Personally, I think Of Mice and Men is a novel that should be read by everyone because it is genuine and compassionate novel that takes interest in the lives of workers during the Depression Era. Not only does it highlight the power and powerlessness of the workers but also their humanity. The novel revealed what made the workers like everyone else and what made them different. There were, and still are, many controversies surrounding Steinbeck 's works, but what is more interesting and entertaining then a good controversy to participate in. We should use Steinbeck 's novels as a reminders of power play that takes place in our day to day life.
I never knew till long later why he didn’t like that. But I know now” (70). Crooks now knows what he failed to realize as an innocent child: whites and blacks could not mix in his society. Crook’s dad wanted to prevent Crooks from fraternizing with white children because the general population frowned upon the mixing of races. (11) Curley’s wife complains to Crooks, Lennie, and Candy about her husband, how he “Spends all his time sayin’ what he’s gonna do to guys he don’t like, and he don’t like nobody.