Of mice and men

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In one’s life, we dream to live freely and happily and this matches the American Dream. The latter appears in “Of Mice and Men”, adapted from John Steinbeck’s novel and directed in 1992 by Gary Sinise. The American Dream represents "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” said J. Adams, the first writer who coined this term in his book “The Epic of America”. The American dream is a pillar of the American Constitution. In fact, The Declaration of Independence of the USA states that "all men are created equal” and are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These rights represent the goal of George and Lennie who are the main characters in the novel “Of Mice and Men”. These two migrant field workers came to a ranch near Soledad, California, to realize their American Dream. To what extent is Of mice and men a novel showing the American Dream?
At first, Steinbeck presents the American dream of each character and then shows its disintegration.

In “Of Mice and Men”, the American Dream appears under several aspects.
Several characters have an American Dream. The most important dream is George’s and Lennie’s one. It is very simple and modest: “Well,' said George, 'we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof...”
George and Lennie’s dream seems to be a common one: a lot of migrant field workers like them want to a have a farm, as Crooks stated: “You’re nuts. Crooks was scornful. I see hunderds of men of men come by on the road an on the ranches with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn

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