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Two characters mentioned in the book "Of Mice and Men", are named Lennie Small and George Milton. They are traveling to find a new job, when they reach a clearing. They decide to eat, and, after George gets mad, we learn about the reason why they're looking for a job.
After being yelled at, Lennie asks George to tell him the story again. The story is about the American Dream: "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" They plan to live off "the fatta the land", and own their own land. Lennie also gets very excited at the fact he'll get to own, and tend, to his colored rabbits.
After the night at the camp site, they head off to the farm. Here they meet the Boss, and the swamper, Candy. We learn that Lennie is the reason for running away from their old job, and George tries to get Lennie to calm it down so they can raise money. We know that Lennie has a little problem, but, to protect him, George says he was kicked by a horse. They get the job, and work their way to the money.
Later along the line, Candy's dog is killed. This symbolizes the disillusionment of the American dream because he lost something very important to him. It also shows that "friendship" is not in anyone's vocabulary (besides George and Lennie) Because, even though Candy's dog is very old, it meant a lot to him, and he lost it because other people didn't see that.
Although their dream seems lost at one point, there is still a light at the end of their tunnel. Candy says he has money saved up, and, if allowed to live on their farm, he'll loan them his money. Crooks also says he'll tend to their land only for his keep. But, after fighting with Curley's wife, he then backs out of the deal.
The theme of the "disillusionment of the American dream" is seen throughout the book so far. We see Lennie's and George's dream failing to progress. We learn about Curley's wife's dream, which was to go to Hollywood and have many friends, fail. And we see Candy's "life" die; that was his dog. The disillusionment is the fact that everyone has their dreams, but no one has been able to fulfill it.
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