Of Mice and Men is a fantastic novel that shows how hard it was in the times of the Great Depression. The difference between Lennie and George compared to the migrant workers is that they had each other. In the novel, it shows how George takes care of Lennie who has a mental disability. Most of the migrant workers wanted to achieve the success of the American Dream that was different for every American. Lennie and George too wanted to the euphoria of achieving their American Dream. Lennie and George’s dream was to own a ranch and live off ... Read more →
Everybody has a dream which they wish to attain during their lifetime. During the Great Depression, a common dream which was shared among many due to harsh economic times was fulfillment of the well-known “American Dream.” People were desperate for opportunity, employment, and prosperity. Throughout the novella Of Mice and Men, which takes place during a period of economic succession where many workers migrated in search of employment, the author John Steinbeck continually shows support for this message of the widespread desire for the American Dream through the fictional character’s portrayed need for happiness and a better life for themselves. Of Mice and Men accurately conveys this well-known idea of the American Dream as it is presented through literary devices such as imagery, characterization, and the use of symbolism.
Throughout the duration of the story, the two main characters George and Lennie are out in search of their dream. They wish to one day possess land they can call their own. George states: “We gonna get a little piece of land We’ll have a cow An’ we’ll have maybe a pig an’ chickens an’ down the flat we’ll have a little piece of alfalfa” (Steinbeck 102-103). In this specific part of the text, Steinbeck clearly uses imagery to describe to the readers the American Dream that Lennie and George share. Their reason for working is to eventually save up enough money to be able to buy this land of their own. Additionally, in chapter three, George says: "All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house” (Steinbeck 56). The idea of the American Dream is clear through this imagery that Steinbeck uses because it allows the read...
❝ Of all the creatures that breathe and stroll on this earth there is nothing more vulnerable than the man is, of all the earth encourages; for he conceives that he could never endure challenges in the future days, while gods grant him mettle, and the knees have spring in them. Be that as it may, when the favored gods bring miserable days upon him, without wanting to he should endure it with continuing spirit. For the psyche of men to the earth goes as indicated by fortunes as to the Father of Gods and also Men, as day by day, to be bestows upon them. ❞