John Steinbeck 's Of Mice Of Men Essay

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In John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice of Men, Crooks, a minority states, “I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ that same damn thing in their heads… They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an every one of ‘em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it” (Steinbeck 74). He makes his point that men, especially minorities, will never achieve their American Dream. No matter how diligent they are with their work, the men in the story will never acquire the American Dream. Along with their work, the men are handicapped from accomplishing their goals due to their disadvantages. Though, the men tried to achieve it, no one successfully fulfilled their American Dream. In his novel, John Steinbeck conveys the idea that minorities are incapable of attaining their American Dream of independence and this is proven by the lives of Lennie, Candy, and Crooks.
Lennie’s incompetence and his juvenile acts of homicide relinquish his ability to achieve his American Dream of independence. Lennie is perceived as a man who is evidently vacuous and is often instructed by George in every situation. In the beginning of the book, Lennie’s first act of incompetence was when he obtained a mouse, much to George’s concern. George reprimanded Lennie for taking the mouse while stating, “An’ she [Aunt Clara] stopped givin’ ‘em to ya. You always killed ‘em” (Steinbeck 9). Lennie was given multiple mice from his aunt, but all of the mice perished. Lennie didn’t carefully…

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