John Steinbeck Life Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”: the American Dream in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. As the last of the fifty-six men signed their name onto a Declaration, the United States of America was declared Independent. Written into this Declaration was a line that read, “ Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This portion of the Declaration was all the American people dreamed of having in this decade. This line taken out of one of America’s most admirable documents was a precedent of the American dream. John Steinbeck, one of America’s most talented authors, exemplifies this theme in his tragedy, Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. The novel pertains to American people who dreamed of a life where they could happily live free. In Steinbeck’s work readers experience a journey of two men who travel to find work in hopes to earn enough money to buy their own piece of land. Throughout Steinbeck 's work, he shows on an individual level through numerous characters that people dream of Life, Liberty and the…show more content…
Candy is introduced to readers in the final chapters. He lives on the last ranch George and Lennie are stationed at. The old ranchman is accompanied by his old and crippled dog. When the stench of his dog overwhelms other ranchmen the dog is put out of it’s misery. Candy is isolated without his dog, but when he hears George and Lennie’s plan of owning their own piece of land he becomes eager. He is so eager that he willingly offered his life savings just to be apart of the dream. The American Dream wraps people up in hope for a better future and that is exactly what Candy is exemplifying in, Of Mice and Men (“Notes”). Without the presence of the thought of an “American Dream life” perhaps Candy would have shut down and given up on life, but the motivation and life that the dream gives Candy is a perfect example of the importance of having an American Dream in one’s
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