Unfulfilled American Dream In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Unfulfilled American Dream “We may come from different places and have different stories, but we share common hopes, and one very American dream,” Barack Obama once stated. This quote agrees particularly to Of Mice and Men in the sense of the workers on the ranch wishing for their own place to call home. George, Lennie, Candy, and Crooks all have different backgrounds and past experiences, but share the same dream to buy a farmhouse with the money they earn. In his novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck insinuates dreams give people the hope and strength to survive the struggles in life; however they do not always end in ultimate happiness. George and Lennie share the common American dream. As they are traveling to a ranch in Salinas Valley, California, …show more content…
Suddenly, Candy speaks startling them both. Candy is the old man on the ranch and is unable to do much of any type of work. He is worries about what they will do to him when he becomes incompetent to the guys on the ranch. Candy is fond of Gorge and Lennie’s ultimate plan and desires to accompany them. He offers his wealth of three hundred dollars, plus an additional fifty dollars he will earn at the end of the month to help them buy the farm faster. He realizes he is not capable of handling major work jobs around the farm but explains he can cook, wash the dishes, tend to the chickens, and hoe the garden. Surprisingly, Candy even offers to make his will and leave his belongings to George and Lennie since he doesn’t have a family. George then calculates the ten dollars him and Lennie share together at the moment and the one hundred dollars they will earn from work this month, figuring a total of four hundred and fifty dollars. He believes they can negotiate the offer with the current owners of the farmhouse. At this moment, George, Lennie and Candy realize the high possibility of their dream becoming a …show more content…
Initially, Crooks thought Lennie is irrational, and the entire story is all in his head. Throughout the years, Crooks has seen many men come to the ranch with the same American dream in their minds, but no one actually fulfills the dream. He doesn’t think much about what Lennie is telling him, seeing how thinks he is just crazy and childish. However, once Candy comes into the bunk and starts talking with Lennie about the rabbits and how to make money, Crooks becomes curious that the plan is factual and occurring. Crooks questions the amount of money needed and how much is saved, realizing that the three men are actually fulfilling their dream. He offers his work to Candy and Lennie for a chance to live on the farm with them. Crooks explains he “ain’t so crippled [he] can’t work like a son-of-a-bitch if [he] want to” (Steinbeck 76). With the addition of Crooks to the plan, there are four men working together to make their dreams come true. It would seem the dream would become more practical with more people to earn more money, however the dream becomes even more

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