The Impossibility of the American Dream (George and Lennie (They wanted to…
The Impossibility of the American Dream
George and Lennie
They wanted to have land of their own
They wanted self-sufficiency and independency
They wanted to have no one telling them what to do
Lennie said softly, "We could live offa the fatta the lan'"
He did not want to be discarded or thrown away
No one would employ him because he only has one hand and was old
If no one employed him, he probably would've died alone
"I got hurt four years ago," he said. "They'll can me purty soon. Jus' as soon as I can't swamp out no bunk houses they'll put me on the county."
Wanted to not face discrimination
Wanted to work on George and Lennie's farm
"If you... guys would want a hand to work for nothing - just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand. I ain't so crippled
She wanted to be a famous actress
She did not want to be Curley's wife
"Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes - all them nice clothes like they wear."
The Ranch Workers
Want to have land of their own
"I seen too many guys with land in their head. They never get none under their hand."
Want to be financial secure and stable
Want to be in charge of their own destiny