“I have seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn dream in their heads. Hundreds of them. They come, an’ they quit an’ go on every damn ones got a piece of land in their mind” (Steinbeck, 74).
Most of the workers that came from the ranch including Lennie and George, sort of fell under this same spell; the workers come in and have this dream of working constantly in the field to make enough money in order to fix themselves their own stake of land. One of the most common American dreams is based off of success.
From what I have witnessed most American dreams in modern society are having a good job, owning a good home, wealth and family; overall it’s all under the category of successfulness. According to Sally Edelstein from envisioning the American dream, “in the 1930’s most of everyone’s American dream was to survive day by day through the dust bowl. Until the day, people end living in poverty and own there own land for themselves and their family. And producing goods from their own farm.” (Edelstien, Sally). In other words the American dream kept people motivated every day to achieve their dream. In current culture most people have given up on the American dream. The stakes are set high, there’s more competition. Most competition arises due to the fear of failure; that someone has to try harder to be at the top and achieve their own dream. Another reason the American dream is fading away is because it keeps getting more expensive living in this country as we keep breathing. It was easier for the past generations to achieve their dream like first getting an education, going to College, having a stable job, owning a nice home and having a family. College wasn’t as expensive in the 1980’s as it is today. According to the Digest of Educational statistics simple four year college tuition was only $9,554 a year. In 2012 a simple four year