Although the roots of the American Dream are established on opportunity for all, it has ended up being an inaccessible impression for the majority of. John Steinbeck’s novella “Of mice and men” explores the fragility of this concept in a more modern context. Whereas Sam Mendez’s film “American Charm” uses black funny to highlight the allusive nature of the American dream that has actually ended up being perverted by an affiant society.
Both of these texts expose a truth that reveals the seclusion and isolation experienced from pursuing American dream. George and Lenny both shared “The American Dream” of owning their own little farm home.
However they too were not able to understand the truth when their dream ended up being squashed by society’s expectations. ‘Some day– we’re gon na get the jack together and we’re gon na have a little home and a number of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and–‘, George and Lenny continuously duplicates this phrase continually throughout the novella, as their personal aspiration and objective. It was this particular phrase that allowed our two lead characters to differentiate from others, it offered our lead characters hope as they were unique from all other farm employees ‘Men like us, that work on cattle ranches are the loneliest people worldwide. They got no household.
They don’t belong no location. They pertain to a cattle ranch an’ develop a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch’. Understanding that they were different from all other farm workers they inspired themselves to believe that they were able to get what others could not, as they were different from everybody else ‘They ain’t got absolutely nothing to look ahead to’ … ‘However not us!’ An’ why? Since … Due to the fact that I got you to take care of me, and you got me to look after you, which’s why’. Our two protagonists can closely compared with the mouse in Robert Burns Poem “To a Mouse”.
The mouse within Burns poems survived on a farm really similar to Lennie and George. Through effort the mouse produces a house, which was ultimately destroyed by the farmer. The rodents that Lennie typically carried around symbolises how delicate they actually were, being crushed by Lennie’s petting. The American Dream was allegedly founded on the belief that it was a dream for all and that everybody had an equal possibility. However Steinbeck’s choice of highlighting both the fragility and the selective nature of the American Dream crushes Lenny and George forever.
Steinbeck highlights the allusive nature of the American dream by using pushed away and lonesome characters who are shown to be unable to fulfil their dream. Crooks is a black man who was shunned from society simply since of his colour and race. Not able to belong with the remainder of the other characters, he is typically shown alone. When Lennie initially faces Scoundrels, Crook turned his vulnerability against Lennie and lied about George never returning, recommending that George will never ever return. He plays a terrible video game with Lennie, suggesting to him that George is opted for good.
Just when Lennie threatens him with physical violence does he relent. Criminals exhibits the corrosive effects that isolation can have on an individual; his character evokes compassion as the origins of his vicious habits are made apparent. Perhaps what Scoundrels wants more than anything else is a sense of belonging– to enjoy basic pleasures such as the right to enter the bunkhouse or to play cards with the other guys. This desire would describe why, even though he has reason to doubt George and Lennie’s discuss the farm that they wish to own, Crooks can not help but ask if there may be space for him to come along and hoe in the garden.
Likewise, Curly’s partner also had an aspiration to be a film star and well-known. Near the start of the novella, Curly’s spouse was shown to be a “tramp” or “tart”, however as the novella progresses, her lust for attention grows. This desire is shown by her conflict with other guys, despite the fact that Curly had actually told her not to. The absence of attention that the other characters and the story gave her is additional stressed by Steinbeck’s decision of disallowing her a name. Curly other half’s is likewise another character that demonstrated isolation, however, unlike other characters, she had little significance.
Similarly Sam Mendez also produces unique people within “American Beauty”, each having their own dreams and aspirations, to show the allusion that the American dream is for everyone. The Burnham’s in specific were bitter and confined although they were revealed to have “Whatever”: a home, a vehicle, a family. Although the Burnhams had the portrayed whatever, they did not seem content with their life. Lester Burnham, the lead character, has been gradually degrading from the common patriarchal home. Lester is frequently revealed to be confined within himself shut of from other characters.
During the very first workplace scene, Lester’s reflection upon the computer system is shown behind green bars of text. Even Lester himself confesses that he loser living the exact same dull life every day. At the beginning of the motion picture Lester starts of telling, “In such a way I’m dead already”. Throughout the first supper scene after Lester walks into the kitchen area, Lester tells Jane “In some cases Jane you do not need to wait for me to come to you. You can pertain to me” nevertheless Jane’s response was various from the normal families producing a sunse of unrealistic expectation of what a family need to be.
When Lester remains in the shower, he is likewise restricted within the small shower cubicle. It wasn’t till Lester reverted back to the intake of pot that he starts tough everybody, breaking away from the collecting confinement. At this point Lester breaks away from the exterior that he was not worthy, acquiring independence. Caroline on the other hand is taken in by the desire for success. Even though Caroline had everything that the American dream states, she continues to long for more.
This shows how the American Dream is continually filled with wants and desires. When Lester and Caroline were alone in the living-room Caroline gets sidetracked by Lester almost spilling beer on the coach. Lester tells her “This isn’t life. This is just stuff. And this things has become more important to you than living.” Both Mendez and Steinbeck suggest through their texts that The American Dream is simply a facade and an allusion that anyone can acquire. Nevertheless, the selective nature of the dream restricts different people from pursuing this joy.