Failure Of The American Dream In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck was an American author in the 1900’s.Steinbeck lived during the Great Depression. The Great Depression happened in the 1930’s. This event occurred because the stock markets crashed due to inflammation. Inflammation is when money is massed produced and it loses its value. Banks went corrupt and poverty spread. Everyone had lost sight of their dreams, no matter what their dream was. The American Dream was that every United States citizen should be able to achieve success through hard work. Sadly, this is not how it turned out. If you were poor, there was no way that you could be successful. John Steinbecks novella, Of Mice and Men, uses the symbolic significance of Lennie, Curley's wife, and Candy to contribute to the theme of …show more content…
Candy is an old man that works on the ranch. His name symbolizes candy because he is a very sweet person. He only has one hand because he lost it working on the ranch. He is best friends with an old sheepdog, who is later put to rest. Candy has been working on the farm longer than anyone there. He is basically useless because of his missing hand. He overhears Lennie and George talk about their dream. Candy says that he wants in. Candy says, “I ain’t much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and garden some. How’d that be?”(Steinbeck 59). Candy wants to live a life with George and Lennie because he wants to get off the ranch. Candy says that he would leave them with all of his money. George and Lennie eventually say that he can join them. They find out that they will only have to work another month until they can buy their little place, and they all get excited. Their excitement would not last very long. A while after that, Lennie kills Curley’s wife. A man hunt begins to look for Lennie. George knows that Lennie is going to get brutally punished. Candy also knows that George will not get the little place without Lennie. Candy says, “You an’ me can get that little place, can’t we George?”(Steinbeck 94). Candy realizes that they will not be getting the little place, and his dream is no more. This shows that the Candy connects to the theme of the failure of the American dream. In this novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the symbolic significance of Lennie, Curley's wife, and candy to contribute to the theme of the failure of the American Dream. He wanted us to learn that not all dreams come true. Hard work might not always pay off in the end. Lennie reminds us that you always have to be in control of yourself. Curley’s wife shows us that you have to be careful who you are around. Candy shows that sometimes being nice is not enough to make your dream come

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