In the context of the American Dream, discuss Lennie's own hopes in Of Mice and Men.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Lennie's own vision represents the desire for domestic happiness which is a part of the "American Dream."  While a significant part of the American Dream is the idea of being able to generate wealth and develop a sense of autonomy in one's life, I think that another part resides in domestic tranquility and happiness in the personal realm.  This component of the American Dream builds on the idea of private happiness, or finding a realm of comfort that cannot be intruded upon by the outside world.  Certainly, Lennie desires for this.  From the start of the novel, he wishes to own this farm with George where he can "tend the rabbits."  The ability to feed, pet, and take care of the rabbits becomes the representation of his own happiness in his American Dream.  Lennie does not covet money or power, but rather the establishment of the private realm where his happiness lies.

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