George And Lennie's American Dream

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What will George do if he can not achieve the dream of having his own ranch house with land with Candy and Lennie? Will he become the classic detached ranch hand that is cruel and has no compassion? In Of Mice And Men , by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie are lonesome men facing challenges, such as being forced to work on other men’s ranches and leading migratory lifestyles. But they are different because they have each other, and they have the dream to own their own ranch and be independent. Sometimes the dream can not always come true because of how life organizes the events that happen. George and Lennie strive to achieve the American dream, yet Lennie’s actions and the results of them lead to the downfall of their American Dream.
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George and Lennie pursue their American Dream by saving money to own their own ranch. The two of them want to be the bosses of themselves and be able to hire people and tell them to get out if they have had enough of them. As a ritual between the men, George explains their dream daily to Lennie because he enjoys it when George shares “ Someday-- we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and----” (15”). By saving money, the men look to the future for the time they can be free from working for others, traveling to find work, and owning their own ranch. The dream is important to the men because it gives them hope for a new, improved life. They are not like the other ranch hands because they have a friendship that keeps them together. George shares these differences when he says, “Guys like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.”(15) They are tired of having the day to day struggle of having to work for other people and having to wait for their paychecks every