Dreams are goals that keep man motivated to improve, evolve, and chase for the better things in life. But unfortunately, not all dreams come true. The American Dream is also a goal to achieve success through hard-work and dedication; The American Dream is a goal that is often fantasized by two men, George and Lennie. In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, George, the smaller man, leads the way and makes the decisions for Lennie, a mentally challenged fellow. They both travel and work together.
The American Dream The American dream is the desire of all most all the characters in the novella Of Mice and Men. This is shown in many ways in many kinds of dreams whether it be becoming Rich and famous or just having the means to survive on their own each character has their own American dream. The first example of the american dream would be George 's dream. George wanted nothing more than to own his own farm and survive off of the land with Lennie which is shown in this quote “we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we’ll just say the hell with goin’ to work, and we’ll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an’ listen to the rain comin’ down on the roof ...”
Brother planned to spend his entire life with Doodle, They "decided that when [they] were grown [they'd] live in Old Woman Swamp and pick dog-tongue" (Hurst). He wanted Doodle to have pride in himself and be able to do everything Brother wanted to do with him. Brother had pride in Doodle since he was first able to stand on his own and walk. He taught Doodle out of his own selfishness, he was ashamed of having an "invalid" brother and wanted to have "someone to race to Horsehead Landing, someone to box with, and someone to perch within the top fork of the great pine behind the barn, where across the fields and swamps you could see the sea" (Hurst). Brother was ashamed of the way he felt and his self-indulgent efforts for Doodle.
Surprisingly enough dreams show a lot more about you and your personality than you think. The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a book about two men named George and Lennie trying to achieve their dream of owning a ranch and making a life of their own. They spend the entire book trying to chase their dream and happiness. Steinbeck uses dreams to show the personalities and characteristics of the characters. First dreams show how committed you are as a person.
The Great Gatsby In the story, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many themes relayed throughout the book. One of the most profound is the theme that Gatsby is striving to live the American Dream. The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. Before Jay Gatsby was Mr. Gatsby he was first a poor boy who grew up on a farm in North Dakota. He tried to go to college, but due to the fact that he was very poor, he had to work as a janitor to pay his way.
The main motif if the story that takes place a lot is that “An’ live off the fatta the lan’” is what Lennie always says, the author puts this in a lot because it shows that the boys have the dream to live on a farm and that they would have a bunch of animals(Steinbeck 15). The quote describes the fact of the American Dream, two guys want
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck reveals that the presence of hope ensures success in life, but also that the lack of hope can lead to downwards spiral. Steinbeck demonstrates this in the final chapters of the book, as more is learned about the individual backstories of each character. The first character that’s revealed was Crooks, who explains his history at the ranch to Lennie, saying, “‘I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches,.... An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it.’”(74). Overtime, by seeing countless examples of men having dreams that they never achieved, Crooks begins to believe that there is no hope or chance for anybody’s success, especially him.
In other words, some of the key factors that might have influenced his writing would include his work on the farm as well as being surrounded by a “secluded valley”. Not only that, but another key elements that might have influenced
Crooks dreams of being equal to everyone like he was then, but he knows it is unlikely to happen. Despite this, he makes efforts to have the equality he yearns for by reading and trying to learn. Steinbeck displays how George’s vigorous desire to own a ranch inspires him to work harder. George has a similar dream to Lennie and concludes that they can work together. He excitingly realizes, “‘Look, if me an’ Lennie work a month an’ don’t spend nothing, we’ll have a hundred bucks’”
Another character Steinbeck has created is Candy. Candy is a disabled elderly man working as a swamper on the ranch. The only reason Candy still has a job on the ranch is due to the fact he lost his hand at the ranch. “I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’.”(pg.
“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself” (John Steinbeck). John Steinbeck, American author of local color novella Of Mice and Men, attempts to give voice to and normalize victims, the “other human beings,” of the 1930s American social standards. Pariahs of the Great Depression period are introduced throughout the laborious journey embarked on,with the aim of achieving the conventional American Dream, by Lennie Smalls and George Milton. Although their positions in the culture of the ranch are very different, Crooks, Candy and Curley’s wife are similar in that each represents an outcast who is scorned by mainstream culture and struggle to find a comfortable “place” in society.
George, a small man with sharp features, and Lennie, a tall man with light eyes are two farm workers heading to a ranch where they will work. Lennie has a mental disability with an affinity for soft things and George acts as his guardian. They stop at a river in the valley and Lennie persuades George to tell him how they will buy land and live off the crops they farm together. Once the two men get to the farm, they are greeted by Candy, an old swamper, and Curley, the boss’s son. Curley and Lennie immediately start off on the wrong foot, despite Lennie’s timid disposition.
The theme of Male Friendship between two people which are George and Lennie. The farm on which George and Lennie plan to live and own a place that no one ever reaches because there always is a bump in the road. After hearing details Candy is completely drawn in by the magic of the dream. Crooks witnessed countless people fall under the same spell, and still he cannot help but ask Lennie if he can be apart of that magical dream. The men in Of Mice and Men come together in a way that would allow them to be like brothers to one another.
He wants to work his own land to benefit himself. When George is talking to Lennie, he goes into great detail as he describes his idyllic ranch: “’…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…a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we’ll just say the hell with goin’ to work, and we’ll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an’ listen to the rain comin’ down on the roof…”’ (14-15).
Since 1931 when James Truslow Adams first created the phrase “the American Dream”, people believed that America continuously offered everyone an equal opportunity to be successful. John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, was set during the Great Depression. Farms were struck hard during the Depression, and the two main characters George and Lennie were farm hands during this time. They had experienced the misunderstandings of other farm hands in terms of Lennie’s mental disability, but they were trying to earn enough money to buy their own farm. The idea of this farm drove Lennie and George to keep working, and like many others during this time they hoped to achieve this dream.