Of Mice and Men

Samuel Sticha, Jake Parent, and Mason Paden

The American Dream

The American dream is brought out through events and characters alike. In one instance of an event Steinbeck states,"For two bits I'd shove out of here. If we can get jus' a few dollars in the poke we'll shove off and go up the American River and pan gold. We can make maybe a couple of dollars a day there, and we might hit a pocket." (Page This is a small example of the idea of the American dream because it is chance. The chance of becoming rich and successful. The idea to make it big by luck. It is the way of the dream. George and Lennie both are living in the great depression so it is tough for them to make a living. The idea of making it big could help them go expand on ideas on what they could do. Yet they have to start small with their dream. Lennie wants to start small on some land and have some animals. The life he is dreaming of is what they are working so hard for. They want happiness and freedom and not having to worry about work so much. What is the American Dream? The idea that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. What is Lennie and George’s plan to successfully live the American Dream? They are working hard to get money. They are listening to their boss and checking out gold mining opportunities. Why do Lennie and George want the American Dream? They want live a good life and have some money.


Lennie wants to buy a little house so they can have rabbits and have alfalfa and go out everyday and get a huge bag of alfalfa and feed the rabbits and pet them and take care of them.

Steinbeck writes “Go on … George. How I get to tend the rabbits” (Page 14)

American dream + Character

Lennie States: "O.K. 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—"

"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that George."

Lennie is talking about the future and his dream. Unfortunately they didn't achieve the the American Dream but Lennie had an "American Dream". He wants to have a house, some animals and just be free.