The American Dream In Of Mice And Men

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What is a dream? A dream can be defined as many different things, both positive and negative. Webster’s Dictionary defines a dream as a strongly desired goal or purpose or something that fully satisfies a wish. Webster’s Dictionary also defines a dream as a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality. The second definition is the one most fitting for the American Dream. People who aim to accomplish the American Dream are often misguided, in that they never reach their goal. Nowhere in either definition does it mention actually accomplishing what the person set out to do. In the novel Of Mice and Men, author John Steinbeck portrays the American Dream as an unachievable concept that many strive for in order to give them a false …show more content…
His position on the ranch is not much of anything, and leaving would give him more of a function than he has now. Currently, he is a stable buck on the ranch, but he is incredibly isolated. None of the other men on the ranch ever talk to Crooks, and he is always in the barn on his own. When Lennie walks in and begins talking about his dream to own his own ranch, Crooks realizes that could be his chance to do something meaningful, like form an actual friendship with someone, which is something he has always wanted. When Lennie was talking to Crooks about their plan, Crooks offers,“‘If you...guys would want a hand to work for nothing-just his keep, why I’d come an’ lend a hand’” (Steinbeck 76). Through this quote, it is apparent that Crooks does not want to be tied to the ranch forever and wants something more out of his life than to be constantly overlooked like he is now. By the phrase “want a hand to work for nothing”, it is clear that not only does Crooks want to get off the ranch, but he also wants companionship because he pretty much offers to work for Lennie and George for free. Crooks is almost setting himself up for disappointment because he himself has seen so many men who have the same dream as him fail to reach their goal, and yet he believes he will be able to accomplish

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