Of Mice and Men – the American Dream

According to Dictionary. com, the American Dream is defined as “The suitables of liberty, equality, and opportunity typically held to be readily available to every American; a life of individual happiness and material convenience as traditionally sought by people in the U. S (American Dream).

” However everybody’s concept of the American dream is a transformed version of this idea whether it indicated being independent or ending up being richer. In the book Of Mice and Male, many characters attempt and pursue the life including the American dream, and in the end, all of their work failed.

At one of the cattle ranches that George and Lennie go to, they fulfill a guy called Sweet, who is an old cattle ranch handyman, who is starting to think that the one in charge will quickly fire him because of his aging and impairments. One day, he over hears George and Lennie talking about their ‘American Dream.’ “S’pose I shared you men … I ain’t much excellent, however I might prepare and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some” (Steinbeck, pg 59). Although he knows that he isn’t that helpful, he hopes that George and Lennie will accept his offering and let him have a piece of their dream.

After Sweet discovers Lennie eliminating Curley’s better half, he knows that his dream had simply ended up being more difficult. Crooks, the black stableman, is another character that has a dream. “I keep in mind when I was a youngster on my old man’s chicken cattle ranch. Had 2 bros. They was always near me, always there. Used to sleep right in the same room, right in the exact same bed- all 3. Had a strawberry spot. Had an alfalfa spot” (Steinbeck, pg 73). He wanted what his old guy had: a cattle ranch, family, and independency.

He likewise asked George if he might be apart of their cattle ranch … which later on we learn that he later told George to ignore it since he understood that in the end, it wouldn’t have worked out. Curley’s Wife is another individual who when had a dream. One day she was talking with Lennie and how she nearly satisfied that dream. “Well, a program come through, an’ I fulfilled one of the actors. He says I might opt for that program … ‘Nother time I met a person, an’ he remained in pitchers. Headed out to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. He says he was gon na put me in the movies. States I was a natural.

Quickly’s he got back to Hollywood he was gon na compose to me about it … I never ever got that letter … I always thought my ol’ woman stole it … so I married Curley. Met him out to the Riverside Dance Palace the same night” (Steinbeck, pg 88). She plainly had a dream including fame and fortune. After that dream was squashed by her mom, she followed up with her back up plan to get hitched. It didn’t exercise so great, if you ask me. According to Steinbeck, it was almost impossible, if not, difficult, to accomplish the American dream. Anyone who tried to do so was doing it fruitless.

After we see each character explain his/her dream, we see someone/something that gets in the way and avoids that certain dream from becoming a truth. So, according to Steinbeck, pursuing the American Dream is to vain as a baby is to difficult labor, each being difficult.——————————– -Work Mentioned”American Dream.”Dictionary. com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 01 Mar. 2012.. Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. A Penguin Book Literature, Print.