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  • 1) The dream of Rags to riches (Dream)
  • Lennie and George dream of the ranch that they one day hope to obtain. They intend to work and work until their pay adds up to riches.
  • Gee George, I can't wait 'till we can have that farm and I can tend t' those rabbits.
  • Just wait. We'll have our own farm with our own crops, an we will have everything we ever dreamed.
  • Slim explains that in spite of the workers' differences that they work together in order to get their jobs done.
  • 2) All men are created Equal (Dream)
  • We're really all the same. Just guys looking for their pay and to be treated alright while they're doin' it.
  • 3) The country of limitless opurtunity (Dream)
  • George and Lennie long for the day that they can move up the economical scale and one day be able to work for themselves and not a low paying employer.
  • One day we will be able to work for ourselves, not just be laborers!
  • One way the American dream of rags to riches is destroyed in Of Mice And Men is shown in one of the main plots in the story. Lennie and George have dreamt of having their own farm for years and live off "the fatta' the land". They move from job to job trying to raise enough money to do so. Their hopes are raised even higher when they meet a man who also wants in on their little plan who also brings plenty of money to do so. The story does not end up unraveling as the characters hoped.
  • 1) The dream of rags to riches (Reality)
  • Im so sorry...
  • 2) All men are created Equal (Reality)
  • Another way the American dream is torn apart is when it shows how discriminatory the ranch is especially towards Crooks. America prides itself in saying that it was built on the idea that all men were created equal. This is totally contradicted in Of Mice and Men and by many other people of this time period. Crooks is a hard worker that is restricted by his physical disfiguration. He shows that equality valued by the American dream is not always persued.
  • America had and has a reputation, especially in foreign and/or poor countries, of being a land of endless opportunity. In Of Mice and Men work was not necessarily hard to find. However, it is shown, not just in Lennie and George, that hard work wont often bring you up to the top. Of Mice and Men continues to decimate the idea of the American dream in this aspect of opportunity.
  • 3) The country of limitless opurtunity (Reality)
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