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The American Dream Immigrants from all over the world have gone to the United States of America in hope of a better life for themselves and their children This dream is fueled by the hope of one day leading a happy and prosperous life in a land that allows far more liberty and opportunities than any other The American Dream is the idea of an individual overcoming all obstacles and beating all odds to one day be successful This subject is the predominant theme in John Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men puts in play two main characters that have the dream of one day owning few acres of land on which they will grow their own food and tend their own livestock The dream as unglamorous as it may be is the lifelong goal that these individuals are striving for It gives a meaning and a motivation to the lives of the characters It is the symbol of a paradise for men who want to be masters of their own lives The farm represents the possibility of freedom self-reliance and protection from the cruelties of the world This relatively simple dream is seen by one as a perfectly attainable goal that does not imply any surrealistc actions to achieve However various obstacles are put in the path of the characters and they are unable to realise it The most notable obstacle that the dream is confronted to is Lennys disability It is because of Lennys mental deficiencys that both George and Lenny are constantly on the run They therefor do not have the possibility to settle in any given place and work for any extended period of time Hence they do not have the opportunity to make the amount of money that is requiered to attain the dream This is how Steinbeck views the american dream as an unattainable mirage that only causes pain
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