Steinbeck shows human nature is cruel and reckless.
For example, Curley’s wife admits her marriage is unhappy; Crooks admits life is no good without having a companion when you are in need or confusion.
Crook realizes he is vulnerable as he is African-American with a crooked back, but he prefers to indicate Lennie’s weaknesses to zero his own.
In this scene, the author reveals the profound human truth that oppression is not always associated with the strongest hands.
Isolation and loneliness make characters helpless, but still, they tend to destroy the weakest.
The strongest example of human cruelty is when Crooks mocks at Lennie’s dream to own a farm.Crooks feels he is strong and powerful when he reduces Lennie to tears and he seems to really enjoy Lennie’s fear that something terrible may happen to George.The same situation is with Curley’s wife when she feels strong threatening have Crooks lynched.For example, Curley’s wife says she is willing to become a movie star; Crooks says he is willing to have a patch of garden on Lennie’s farm; and Candy seems to latch on George’s idea of owning a couple of acres.However, what makes all the dreams typically American?(p.57) Further, when Lennie claims they need different colored rabbits, George says: “Sure we will. Millions of ‘em” (p.18) Through this ideas Steinbeck reflects on the impossibility of dream and defines it as unattainable and unrealistic. every damn one of ’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. (p.88) American Dream was the failed effort for many to be the tail of the lion.Even Crooks argues, “I have seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads . In the novel, John Steinbeck shows that the nature of human existence is predatory and one cares only of oneself when it comes to survival.Actually, they were tempted by the promise of the longer growing season, more opportunities to harvest, the wider range of crops and mild climate.Nonetheless, despite these promises, Steinbeck illustrates that very few found California a land of opportunities and dreams coming true.The answer is simple: all characters dream of untarnished happiness, self-reliance, and freedom to follow own desires.George and Lennie dream of a farm as it will give them an opportunity to sustain themselves, and to offer protection from the inhospitable environment. (p.73) Thus, American Dream remains unaccomplished even by the end of the novel.