Another fantastic post by Amardeep. As a reward for his efforts on the blog this week, Amardeep will receive a present in class tomorrow. What will it be? Perhaps a scary rabbit?
Steinbeck’s scathing critique of the American Dream conveys his utter disapproval of its motion. This is expressed via his creation upon the ranch.
The dream signifies what the future should be like for ‘the guys that work on ranches’ but ultimately provides false hope. George retells the dream ‘rhythmically’, which suggests that he has said this before to Lennie, so that it has been printed into his mind like a prayer. Steinbeck’s clever repetition of ‘the guys’ in the dream, shows a sense of companionship, as they all have something in common which links into the 1930s American era as thousands of men shared the same dream. Likewise, the idea of ‘work’ is one that the protagonists must abide by; a universal belief in the American Dream during this period in time was that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. Steinbeck has completely torn this hypothesis apart through his presentation of George and Lennie. This is down to the fact that they were portrayed as very hardworking labourers whose dream is simple yet a reasonable request. They get blind and hooked onto an unforeseen road, that ends up with Lennie dead. Steinbeck’s depiction of an achievable dream differs to the one in reality, but with the morphing of his plot devices, George and Lennie, the microcosmic world slaps readers in the face which decomposes the American dream to ashes.
Likewise, the dream can act as a fantasy to protect the characters’ insecurities. This can be condoned as George has given Lennie something to aim for, ‘red and blue and green habits.’ Simply stating basic colours really does emphasise Lennie’s primary knowledge, but Steinbeck still gives him the pity by allowing George to give him such a false interpretation life in the 30s. Steinbeck’s use of repetition not only supports Lennies incapability, but connotes his excitement and positivity to achieve the false dream. This shows the readership how significant the dream is to Lennie, as just by mentioning it, Lennie blasts out an idea of the future. Additionally, rabbits can symbolise much more than a dream for Lennie, perhaps Steinbeck did this as a plot extender, as they could show the truth behind Lennies past.