Of Mice and Men: American Dream Disillusionment


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  • "You keep your mouth shut! We need the money so that one day we can have a ranch of our own."
  • "You keep your mouth shut! We need the money so that one day we can have a ranch of our own."
  • "You mean it George? I can still tend the rabbits though right?"
  • "Oh don't you worry, George. I'll be on my bestist behavior."
  • "Stay outta trouble, Lennie. We need this so you can tend the rabbits."
  • "I seen countless men come through this ranch with the same dream. And lemme tell you, it never happens."
  • "You don't know what you're talkin about."
  • George and Lennie are exact opposites. Physically, they could not be more different. Despite these differences however they have one thing in common: the dream of one day owning and working on a ranch of their own.
  • "Yeah okay, Lennie."
  • "There's a red one an' here's a green one."
  • To George and Lennie, the American Dream is reaping the benefits of your own hard work by owning a ranch or farm. In order to achieve this goal, both must work to make money to be put towards their dream farm.
  • "George, when are we getting that ranch you's been talkin bout?"
  • Despite the men's confidence in their dream, there is always a shadow of doubt that it will actually happen. Crooks is the voice of reason. He is the only one that realizes that this dream is ridiculous; even sharing his doubts with George and Lennie.
  • A seed of doubt is present in George, but Lennie and him continue working on the ranch so they can earn their way. Lennie continually brings up tending to rabbits as his biggest dream.
  • Slowly but surely, George and Lennie's dream falls apart and they end up never being able to tend to their won ranch or rabbits. They realize that Crooks was right; no man can ever fulfill their dreams.
  • "I don't think we are Lennie."
  • Ultimately, Of Mice and Men explores and coveys the message of the disillusionment of dreams. No matter how "fool proof" a plan seems to be, things always go wrong. In the end, the dreams that George and Lennie once had are shattered and their hopeful illusion they had was no more.
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