Of Mice and Men Essay

1291 Words Dec 24th, 2012 6 Pages
Ambitions of Another Life
In today’s world, we have come to see that trial, error, pain, and the striving for living a glamorous life are common; we all know it’s an exhausting task. Everybody seems to “go through the motions” at one point or another; we all seem to have this point in life where everything seems like a black hole that’s going nowhere. In the book, Of Mice and Men, and play Death of a Salesman, we see this is common, among many other similarities. However, no story is ever the same between two people’s lives, and this is also shown in these two works of literature.
In these two pieces, it is apparent that one of the main motifs is struggle. Steinbeck and Miller both intricately weave in the worries, desires, and hurt of
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It seems that Willy is clouded by this false idea right up until the point where his job doesn’t bring in enough income, and he goes to his boss for help. When he tries to come off as a smart guy, Howard denies the request to stop driving and fires him. So instead Willy pleads to Howard, “If I had forty dollars a week--that’s all I’d need. Forty dollars, Howard” (Miller 2.142). He finds that sometimes personality isn’t everything, and knowledge gets a person through more than charisma does. And how many times have you thought to yourself the same thing? We all have probably considered that having charm is better than the wits. The American Dream can be related to this too; people think that if they’re charming enough, they’ll make it to the top.
On the other hand, George is a worker. George knows that in order to get what he wants, he has to attempt to get it. Instead of dragging his feet, George is always on the prowl for jobs and more money, in the hopes that he’ll get enough to start “the dream farm” with Lennie. George acknowledges this here:
Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to. ...With us it ain’t like that. We

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