Of Mice And Men American Dream Failure

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John Steinbeck is a famous American author. He wrote many books that takes place in the Salinas River Valley during the Great Depression. His most famous book, Of Mice and Men talks about the failure of the American dream. John Steinbeck uses George, candy, and Curley’s wife to show the failure of the American dream. To begin, John Steinbeck uses George to show the failure of the American dream. George is a short, smart man. He is a migrant farm worker who has to take care of his best friend Lennie who is cognitively impaired. While they were about to go to sleep near the brush calmly like a bedtime story, George said “ 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 rabbits”(Steinbeck pg 14). This proves that he and Lennie is going …show more content…

While sitting in the barn talking to Lennie, Curley’s wife said “Coulda been on the movies an’ had pitchers took of me. When they had them previews I coulda went to them, an’ spoke in the radio, an’ it wouldn’ta cost me a cent because I was in the pitchers.”(Steinbeck pg 89). This proves that she could have been living the high life in the movies, talking on the radio, and being able to go to the movies for free because she is in it. As we go on in the story, she continues talking to Lennie about why she didn’t make movies and then she tells him that she doesn’t like Curley but Lennie was completely oblivious to it all, so she brings up her hair being soft. While Lennie was rubbing her hair, she didn’t want him to mess it up so she told him to stop and he started rubbing her hair harder and she tried to run and Lennie covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming but he accidentally snapped her neck. This proves that the American dream will fail because John Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife to prove that American dream is a

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