Of Mice And Men Midterm Project by: Matt Hoptley

Lennie and the failure of the American Dream

Of Mice And Men explores the theme of the American dream and it being a failure.

Lennie and the Plot

Lennie is a big guy who has some mental issues. He travels with his care taker you could say who is George. George and Lennie travel around doing small jobs for cash. George tells Lennie that they will have a happy future and how they will have a farm with animals and Lennie can pet the rabbits all day. This is obviously a lie and because of troubles that Lennie caused such as killing Curley's wife. Because of those troubles that Lennie caused George ended up killing Lennie at the end and Lennie's dream of petting rabbits all day is now a fantasy and never going to happen since Lennie is killed. SO the theme of the story is that dream don't come true, goals do and lots of people's dreams are just fantasy's, escpically the American dream of getting rich. I personally think it's a sad story but true in the aspect of having dreams and majority of them not coming true.

Some characters from "Of Mice And Men"

Some quotes from,"Of Mice and Men"

“Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.”
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

“Guys like us got nothing to look ahead to”
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

“They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it.”

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Of Mice and Men ending