Of Mice and Men Theme

By Hershuay Francisco

"The Impossibility of the American Dream"



This ideal happened much in the story. Many of the characters wished for their desires, though in the end, not being able to complete these. Even Crooks statement, though having a dream himself, was entirely true when being compared to others dreams: "such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be found in this world". Reality quickly took these dreams down and made them often completely unable to obtain in the story, such as the act of death.




George

"A small, wiry, quick-witted man who travels with, and cares for, Lennie." George could eventually at a later time reach his dream, though would be partially not come true on the fact that his partner to this dream, Lennie, dies. His dream, together with Lennie, is to able own a small farm that he could tend to without working for anyone. At first, just quickly making this up, he soon decides to accomplish this after through Lennie's efforts. Sadly, this all ends when Lennie soon dies by the hands of George himself.


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Lennie

Similar to George, his dream surrounded of owning a farm and tending the rabbits there. It seemed he would do anything for this dream, even behaving just for George. Though, this wish of his had became impossible for him to accomplish, as he was dead.


Curley's Wife

Meeting Curley one night and soon getting married, she is the only female on the job. She regrets this after her realization of how lonely she is, since Curley does not socialize with her. This leads to her dream of being a movie start and leaving that place where she doesn't find happiness. Though, one night, when attempting to tell Lennie of her wishes, he accidentally strangles her when frustrated that George might hear them talking. With her death, it's obvious she would not be able make this dream come true and ends her life with a terrible taste.


Candy and Crooks

Crooks being a African American worker, and Candy being an injured and old man stilling living on the ranch, both have similar dreams that link both George's and Lennie's. This includes simply wanting to leave that ranch and work in their farm, while having a peaceful life. Once again, Lennie's death counters all of this, and especially the fact that Crooks was African American, which George disliked. Ironically enough, Crooks is the one who foreshadows of these people's dreams, "such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be found in this world."