One of the symbols that represents the American Dream is the farm that George and Lennie often fantasized about. It’s symbolizes a paradise. Lennie constantly urged George to describe their future on their own ranch. It kept them motivated to work hard. Specifically, it’s evident in the beginning of the novella, “‘Well,’ said George, ‘we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens.
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.
Steinbeck also uses motifs to show that the American Dream is within the book. 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
b) The impossibility of the American dream The majority of characters from Of Mice and Men at one point during the story, dreamt of a better life. For Crooks, it was in the barn when he imagined himself hoeing on George and Lennie's farm. For Curley’s wife, it was to become a hollywood movie star. George, Lennie and Candy all fantasized a farm. What makes these dreams American is that they wished for unconditional happiness and freedom.
“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.” This was from Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse.” John Steinbeck used this quotation as the title of his book, Of Mice and Men. As in the poem, human being’s plans also do not always go as intended. Even in this title, Steinbeck is already foreshadowing what will happen in the story. George and Lennie, in Of Mice and Men, wish to someday own their own farm together. But, Lennie has mental disabilities, such as short-term memory loss.
Being forced to kill someone would be really emotional, but imagine if that person was your best friend. In John Steinbeck’s book “Of Mice and Men” George and Lennie have been together since they were kids. Lennie idolized George and George, as often as he gets mad at him, still loves Lennie. They run from their old town of Weed to get a job as ranch hands in Salinas Valley. From there they meet many people, most of which welcomed them, while some had a harder time accepting them.
In this chapter, the gloom is relieved by the hopeful planning of the three men — George, Lennie, and Candy — toward their dream. For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. He knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs. But while Steinbeck includes this story of hope, the preponderance of the chapter is dark. Both the shooting of Candy's dog and the smashing of Curley's hand foreshadow that the men will not be able to realize their
“Keeping our eyes on journey's end is what we need - the place where we see at last the world that is greater than the world, the new creation that cannot be contained in present thought or social order or piety.” Parents tell their kids that dreams come true, but the societal order in the world ends childrens’ dreams early. Societal order plays a big role in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Starting at a lake with the hopes of a decent life, Lennie and George find a job on a nearby ranch. A quick turn in the story brings Lennie and George back to the start, and unfortunately, a fatal blow ends their dream. In Steinbeck’s book, strength dictates the order of society: men superior to women, women superior to African Americans, and African Americans inferior to everyone.
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.
He was a danger to himself and everyone around. I’m going to miss his company believe it or not, and our friendship, I‘m going to miss that the most. Always having to remind him of everything and tell him about the little place we were going to buy with Candy. And listening to him talk about animals. He loved animals, he loved petting soft things too, and he was always talking about how we were going to have chickens and rabbits and how he was going to care for them, and how he went after that dead mouse
So one dream may be set because George lowered his standards due to not achieving his actual dream. Not following your dreams because of obstacles and adversity, may shape you on who you are going to become, but facing those fears really shape you on who you are supposed to be. People take life-long goals for granite, and will give up on them too easily, but they must fight the adversity and overcome obstacles in order to achieve your full self. George and Lennie had set out for one common goal, although through recurring obstacles, dreams are broken and characters are not to be found. Now think, have you ever set a goal, and never followed through?
In Of Mice and Men, Lennie was intent on being good so that he could reach his goal of living on the ranch and tending the rabbits. In War Dance, the kids were striving to reach their goal of doing well in the music competition, and this made them give their all in their performance, whether on the final stage or during practices. In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Walter Mitty wants to find the missing photo and goes on all these adventures, which he doesn’t realize he’s doing because he’s focused on the goal of getting his job back. The article “The Wills and Ways of Hope” explains that, according to a study, “High hope students… were also more likely to have graduated and were less likely to be dismissed from school due to bad grades” (1). In comparison to students with low hope, students with more hope were linked to having higher college