Candy is a beautiful, talented girl sick of the farm life and she’s ailing to do anything in the world to attain the American dream. The starting of wanting to achieve the American dream begins as soon as we get to know Leonie and George. George and Leonie, based their relationship over their dream. The dream was to ‘Someday, get the jack together.. Have a little house and a couple of acres…. ‘ ‘ (p. 14) This displays George’s belief that one day, their dream will come true, if they saved up their money. Also, Leonie says that they should get many different clouded rabbits…
George agrees saying “Sure we will.. Red and green and blue rabbits. Millions of ‘me” (p. 1 6) These ideas show that he dream was unrealistic and thus unattainable. George and Leonie have a strong passion, and we can almost relate to them when George mentions, “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake and then they go anta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re pounding’ their tail on some other ranch.
They into got nothing to look ahead to… With us it into like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room lowing’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us. Cause I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you, and that’s why” (p. 1 3-14). Crooks thought about George, Leonie and Candy’s dreams when he first heard of it from Leonie.
While taken part in trying to attack Leonie and his ideal American dream, Crooks was surprised by the possibilities of the American Dream. Crooks claimed that “l seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindle’s on their back an’ that same man thing in their heads every damn one of ‘me’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ‘me ever gets it. Just like heaven. Everybody wants a little piece of Ian’… Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. ” (p. 5/76) But unfortunately, at the end Of the novel, George and Lien’s dream was shattered when George was forced to kill Leonie. Crooks alleged that, “I never really seen a guy do it… If you… Guys would want a hand to work for nothing-just his keep, why I’d come an’ lend a hand. “(p. 76) However, Crooks’ pride kept him from being part of their dream, eying that, “member What said about hoeing’ and doing’ odd jobs? Well, just forget it. ” (p. 83) Despite having heard and believed that the American Dream was possible, he still refused to be convinced, so the American Dream would always be unattainable due to his ego.
Candy had always had walls dreamed of becoming something, but it appears that she had simply been trying to make an excuse for why she had not yet attained her dream of being free “all them nice clothes the like to wear, spoke in the radio, wouldn’t cost me a cent” (p. 89) We discover that she never had achieved her idea of the American dream, and never would. George suggests to Candy that “Expose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, or any damn thing, We’d just go to her. ” (p. 0/61) This indicates that George knows that Candy is still searching for her dream and that Candy is capable of achieving it if she works hard. The American Dream that all the ranch workers wished to attain unfortunately became only something but a dream, even at the end. Even though George and Leonie came close to their dream, they still fell short, as did Curler’s wife, Crooks’, and Candy. George and Leonie learned a read lesson from catheter and although things may not have worked out how it should’ve they still bonded together.