Sunday, September 18, 2011

Of Mice and Men: The American Dream

I previously reviewed this book, back in September of 2010. This review is more of an intense review of Steinbeck's American Dream as described in Of Mice and Men. This was part of a report I handed in in 9th grade. Again, feel free to critisize in the comments below!

Title:
Of Mice and Men

Author:
John Steinbeck

About the Author: (goodreads)
John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

Summary: (goodreads)
The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to reign in his immense physical strength.


I'd Recommend to...
8-9th grade
 
My Rating:
4.5
 
My Thoughts:
The American Dream is defined in many ways. Based on some research and this story, the definition that most relates to Of Mice and Men's American Dream is being able to have and create the ideal life with nothing or little to start with. John Steinbeck, the author of Of Mice And Men, does not believe that the American Dream is attainable. If he did, then he would have had less obstacles for his characters to overcome, and at least one of them would have attained the American Dream. Instead all of them did not reach it and some even died, like Curley's wife and Lennie.

George and Lennie had their own American Dream that Candy and Crook also eventually dreamt. The place they are looking to buy is 10 acres with a windmill. "Got a little shack on it, an' a chicken run. Got a kitchen, orchard, cherries, apples, peaches, 'cots, nuts, got a few berries. They's a place for alfalfa and plenty water to flood it." (57) They also want to build a place for rabbits, and a smokehouse to cook the bacon, ham, and sausages they would get from the pigs. They would can the fruit and tomatoes when they came in, and have thick cow or goat cream. They want a place where they can live and belong, without having to run anywhere or get into any trouble. But, like all great rewards, there were some challenges that came first.
There are many challenges toward the American Dream in Of Mice And Men. Even today there are some challenges. Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men have one or more disadvantages. For example, Lennie has the mind of child, even though he is a giant adult. George's main disadvantage is that he must take care of Lennie. There are plenty more as well, like how Crook is black and crippled, or how Candy is old and missing a hand. All of these prevent them from achieving their American Dream. Nowadays, people also have challenges, like not being able to afford something. Cancer and other sicknesses are also problems that happen that could stop you from getting the American Dream.
Even if it was easy to achieve, there would just a be a more higher dream, which would not be attainable. The American Dream keeps you going and pushing yourself. If everyone or anyone could reach it, we wouldn't work as hard, unless there was a new American Dream, which there very well could be. But it would be set higher and be just as impossible as the American Dream now. Some people even question that there is an American Dream.
~Written by Tasha Nicole Haight, 2010.

4 comments:

  1. wat are some struggles the protagonist faces in this story?

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    1. Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men have one or more disadvantages. For example, Lennie has the mind of child, even though he is a giant adult. George's main disadvantage is that he must take care of Lennie. There are plenty more as well, like how Crook is black and crippled, or how Candy is old and missing a hand.

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  2. This book is a tragic tale of two farm laborers who wander around to own a land of their own. They both are an unlikely pair. George is a short and smart man. Lennie is an enormous man with a childish mind. They both are very different yet they have formed a family. They ran away from their hometown to escape the law and started to work on a ranch in the Salians valley but trouble awaits them every corner. This is a great book for the ages of thirteen or over. If you love adventure and fun then you should read this book!

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