American Dream Explained Through “Of Mice and Men”

By SOPHIA JOHNSON

The American dream is explained through the dream of George and Lennie’s idea of a perfect life in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. George says to Lennie “…We’d jus’ live there. We’d belong there.” Everyone wanted to belong and they still do, everyone wants to be part of something. In the related topic Lennie says to George “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.” Through the story it’s all about the perfect house with the land and belonging on their own properties. Later Lennie still acknowledged their dream by telling Curley’s wife about their idea of having their own place he said “We gonna have a house an’ a garden and a place for alfalfa, an’ that alfalfa is for the rabbits…” Throughout the book there is talk of a place that George and Lennie can have to themselves, which is their own American Dream.