In "Of Mice and Men , Steinbeck shows the desire of George and Lennie for a piece of land of their own as a representation of the American dream and how unattainable it can be for the common man.The "American Dream also is what keeps people going even when all their chips are down, the hope of winning. Steinbeck carefully crafts the idea that dreams can come true and then just as carefully shows you the destruction of these dreams.The two main characters in this novel are George and Lennie: their relationship is built on caring and trust. George and Lennie are willing to do just about anything for each other yet Steinbeck shows that even though they care for each other it is not enough to achieve their dream. Showing that the dream can be obtained is what supports the fact that America is the land of opportunity and the failure of the dream shows what in reality happens to a majority of Americans.
Of Mice and Men was written during the 1930's at the time America was immersed in the Great Depression. Jobs were scarce and job security was being threaten by expansion of technology in the farming industry. Having a dream was a way of helping many Americans escape the harsh