Of Men And Mice And Men Literary Analysis

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Throughout the enthralling novel, from the initial exposition to the stimulating resolution, John Steinbeck, the profound author of “Of Men and Mice”, captivated the reader not only with the thought of “The American Dream” but with the constant emphasis put on the novel’s hidden moral. The moral Steinbeck indicated is life is constantly changing along with one’s dreams; as a result, no one can depend on dreams, but instead use one’s dreams to give them a sense of hope and belief. As a matter of fact, many characters, such as Curley 's Wife, Lennie and George, dreamt their “American Dream”, and each individual never successfully reached their dream because there was either a mental or physical barricade that prohibited them from doing so. …show more content…
A perfect example being Curley’s Wife and her dream. Before her unexpected death, she admitted to Lennie that she wished to be an actress, and she mentioned stories of many people who believed that she could succeed being an actress as well. For instance, during one of her stories, one actor affirmed, “he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural,” Curley’s wife explains with a passionate gleam in her eye (Steinbeck 88). Even though she said her dream was to be a movie star, in actuality there was more to her dream than she thought. Moreover, she truly dreamt of attention, adoration, and praise from everyone around her. Sadly, she died before her dream became reality because Lennie killed her. Not to mention, her husband, Curley, also in a way constrained her from pursuing her dream due to his strict personality. As a result, Lennie, Curley, and death all prevent her from reaching her “American Dream”. This prime example furthermore demonstrates Steinbeck’s point about life’s plan, which entails one may have plans to pursue their dreams that will unexpectedly change along with the …show more content…
George, Lennie, and later eventually Candy, all have the same desire by mentioning “Someday- we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres,” George beamed as he illustrates their dream in his mind to Lennie (Steinbeck 14). Hence, these quotes show that George and Lennie, who are practically gypsies, are dreaming of a place to call home. Their dream was in their grasp until unfornately Lennie accidentally killed Curley’s Wife by breaking her neck while trying to calm her. The moment that Curley’s Wife died is when their dream slipped right through their fingertips. All being considered, Steinbeck had these characters come so close to reaching their dream, then losing them for a purpose; the purpose being, everything, meaning friendship, goals, dreams, and priorities are always changing. That being said, no one, such as Lennie, can depend on others, such as George, to fulfill their dream for them, which is the moral Steinbeck is attempting to get across to his readers about

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