John Steinbeck’s Works

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In many of John Steinbeck’s works there are themes and elements that

parallel his other works. Steinbeck often tackles the result of people’s

bad fortune and the realization that their dreams have been destroyed. We

can see that in his Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath and his

critically acclaimed novel Of mice and Men Steinbeck shows us the resultsof people having their dreams destroyed. Steinbeck shows us that in his work he

gives different characters similar goals and aspirations and has them

destroyed in similar ways.In both of the above mentioned books key characters have their dreams

destroyed. “Steinbeck often created characters possessing lofty goals;

lofty goals in a world of despair and corruption. His characters did not have

a dream of tangible luxuries, but a dream of corporal well being and

refuge with loved ones”(Thomas 238). In Of Mice and Men, Lennie and Georgetravel to California in order to find work. Once they salvage up enough money,

Lennie and George plan on being independent and not worrying about the outside

world and its enigmas. George stated “Someday we’re gonna get all the

jack together and were gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a

cow and some pigs.” (Roberts, 187). George’s dream ran deeper than a love

for farming and independence. The motivation for this dream was not just a

product of the poor state of the country and widespread unemployment,

but it was a dream that could ensure a happy ending for Lennie. George is

anxious to secure his own place so that Lennie can live the type of life where

he can be happy and not be hurt by people who do not understand his simple

ways. George would run the farm; Lennie would tend the rabbits. This was

Lennies dream, to tend the rabbits. He could think of nothing else more

enjoyable than tending the rabbits. “Lennies dram is to have all the rabbits that he

can take care of, and his attempts to do the right thing are motivated by his

fear that George won’t let him take care of the rabbits.” (Tedlock 243). In The

Grapes of Wrath the Joad family also dreams of moving out west. They do this in

hopes of escaping the direful situation in Oklahoma. “Gonna buy a car

and shove out west where it’s easy living.” (Steinbeck 57). The Joads like

Lennie and George plan on saving up enough money for their own plot of land.

Once this task is accomplished they hope to live a self-sufficient life and

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