The American Dream

´╗┐For centuries philosophers have debated the question if the "American Dream" really is attainable. John Steinbeck brings this issue front and center in his novel Of Mice and Men. Set in the 1930's George and Lennie, two migrant workers, travel to a California farm hoping to work and save enough to buy a place of their own. With Lennie's "uniqueness", it is hard for George and Lennie to stay in one place for long without getting into some kind of trouble. George hopes this California farm will be the place they can stay long enough to be able to save enough money to buy a haven all to their own. A place where Lennie's "difference" would not be a burden to himself or the people around him. But as fragile as a new born puppy, George and Lennie's chance of their "American Dream" is shattered when Lennie's strength gets the better of him and he murders Curly's wife. Steinbeck uses symbolism in the form of the newborn puppy to display the true fragility of the "American Dream". Lennie's relationship between killing the puppy and killing their dream illustrates Steinbeck's theme that humans, no matter how passionate and bright ultimately deny the fact that the "American Dream" is an intangible object that nobody can aquire.
In the beginning, when George and Lennie travel to this farm in California already having a goal in mind: to one day own their own property where Lennie can tend his rabbits and they can simply just "live off the fatta the land" (Steinbeck). Although small and simple, the idea to just own their own property and live together in solitude is George and Lennie's dream. But Lennie could be considered to be just like that small innocent puppy, not realizing the predatory powers that surround him, even though his size gives him more protection then most. It is Lennie's mind and vulnerability, just as the newborn pup, that results in his demise.
With just one action, George and Lennie's idea of their American stream is strangled lifeless. Lennie's death...