Futile Dream In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Does John Steinbeck show that dreams are futile in the novel Of Mice and Men? Of mice and men is a novel set in the 1930’s it showed how people lived during The Great Depression, It published in 1937 by John Steinbeck an American born author. The American dream is a concept that shows everybody has a chance.

The American dream is a belief that anybody can make it regardless of where they are born or what class. It is achieved through sacrifice, risk and hard work (Investopedia.com). Different people view the American dream in different ways, for example some people dream of having a good job, and some people dream of having a family and being independent. However the American dream is a concept that was made during The Great Depression in the 1930’s which made it very hard to accomplish many things since people did not have jobs.

In the novel Of Mice and Men the main protagonists George and Lennie have a dream “Someday-we’re gonna get the jack together we’re gonna have a little house… an’ live off the fetta of the lan’ ”(Steinbeck ,16) this shows that people at that time wanted to be independent. However Lennie gets killed by George at the end and their dream was never accomplished. In the novel of Mice and Men most characters have a dream, but some stand out more than
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When candy hears about the dream that George and Lennie have he wants to join them by giving them money so they could accomplish their dream ““S’pose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hundred an’ fifty bucks I’d put in” (Steinbeck, 67) this shows that since Candy found friends he did not want to leave them since he is lonely, and he will do anything so he could stay with them. The futile part of this dream is that George does not want his help, and Lennie dies at the end which means Candy’s dream will never be
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