The Myth of the American Dream Success is a fantasy for many people in life. Success is frequently represented in the American Dream. In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, many of the characters believe in the myth of the American Dream. There are many characters in Of Mice and Men that portray that the American Dream is a myth, but the characters that best depict this struggle for success are George, Curley’s wife, and Candy.
You jus’ stand there and don’t say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won’t get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we’re set. Ya got that?”’ (Steinbeck, 7). This quotation promotes ableism towards the character Lennie, as George thought that a rant was necessary for pg #2 Lennie on how to act properly and conduct oneself.
It has been well documented that Eddie’s uniform is a sort of oppression for him, limiting him to a caricature of a hero that he does not believe himself to be. For the second time in the film, however, we see Eddie without his uniform on, and similar to the first instance, it is only with Candy that he can peel away this exterior and be free from the judgement that he feels around others. Much like the framing does, the costuming in this final scene leaves us with a sliver of hope for Eddie as we see that with Candy, he may be able to avoid isolation, free himself from the shackles of his war memories and the superficial ideas of those around him, and ultimately return to some sense of normalcy. For the majority of the short film Cigarette Candy, both the framing and costuming give insight into Eddie’s feelings of entrapment and isolation.
In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match. Besides the grandmother has already called Red Sammy a good man, and by now it is already apparent that its feigned.
Just the thought of this dream makes them happy. Lennie is not an intelligent man and had horrible memory, except for when it comes to this dream. Lennie knows the story of this dream by memory. He can list everything that happens in this dream. This is something that no matter what, Lennie will always remember.
Would you sacrifice a fun life to take care of a person you loved? In the story “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, two opposites, George and Lennie, act as brothers. These characters will face more than a few lamentations with other characters throughout the whole story. Although George will show acts of kindness and acts of sympathy toward others, he mostly acts rude and aggressive toward others.
They told me grief is the price you pay for love, and here I am now dealing with her death. I guess everybody has passed though this phase sometime during their life but why me? Myrtle cheated on me, she took it too far. Though I kind of doubted it, I felt like she was not the Myrtle I first met. I remember when I met her for the first time, she was kind and adoring.
The Outcomes of a Dream Dreams are our ideal fantasies that give us sparks of hope for a brighter future. In the novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck tells of the hardships that George and Lennie, two polar opposite men, live through in a time filled with discrimination and job deficiency set in the 1900’s during the Great Depression. As close friends, as well as work partners, George and Lennie know that their dream fuels them to persist through challenges and have something to look forward to. Dreams are an inspiration for people to work hard by doing the right thing, even if it means sacrificing things for the better, and when dreams seem crushed and unreachable, they cause people to act out their frustration upon others. Dreams provide motivation to work hard and plan for the future, even if it is notn’t something you wish you could do.
In the novel, Crook says, “......if you…. guys would want a hand to work for nothing just his keep, why I'd come an’ lend a hand. I ain't so crippled I can't work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to” (Page 38). After hearing about Lennie and George's dream, Crook started to kind of want to be apart of it. He starts to see how close they are and how real it could be to achieving the dream.
Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” teaches us many valuable themes and lessons. Themes such as optimism, friendship, the American dream, racial discrimination, and innocence. George teaches us about friendship and optimism, Lennie represents innocence, Crooks shows us racial discrimination, and all together they make the American dream. In the end of the book everything didn’t turn out as planned and the outcome
Lennie finds, obstacles with Curly so he feels like that may provide some conflict with achieving his goal, as shown by this quote. "I might jus ' as well go away. George ain 't gonna let me tend no rabbits now" (Steinbeck 107). Lennie know that his goal really is almost unachievable now, so he breaks down and realizes that giving up is the easy way out.
(Chopin, p148) which caused Edna to commit suicide because she realized she was not happy without her kids and society wouldn’t accept her because she left her husband. Jaine returns back to her hometown after Tea Cake dies. Jaine at the end of the novel is looked at as a survivor and a hero. She left to find happiness, but he happiness that she found was not text book. Jaine found that love starts from within and has to be explored and sought out for.