Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Discuss the theme of the Dream in Of Mice and Men. Essay -- English Li

Discuss the theme of the Dream in Of Mice and Men. â€Å"Everyone in the world has a dream he knows can’t Come off but he spends his life hoping it may. This is at once The sadness and greatness and the triumph of our species† John Steinbeck ============== Discuss the theme of the Dream in ‘Of Mice and Men’. Steinbeck’s quote above portrays an important aspect of ‘Of Mice and Men’. Steinbeck remarks on how people can create a dream and how they can have positive and negative effects from them. A dream is human nature, where a person can get away from the outside world by thinking or imagining what their life would be like if the dream came true. Throughout the book there are four main dreams, which the characters have in ‘Of Mice and Men’. Firstly George and Lennie’s dream about owning their own land. This progresses when Candy makes the dream more realistic. Curley’s dream was about wanting himself to be physically bigger and to gain peoples respect. Curley’s wife’s dream was to go to Hollywood and be a big time actress. Crook’s dream was to have freedom like he had when he was a child. George and Lennie’s dreams were very similar in their own way. Georges dream was about getting a piece of land of his own and Lennie’s dream was to tend to the rabbits on their own piece of land. George and Lennie’s dream was the main dream throughout the book where they thought of owning a ranch of their own. Lennie’s concern in the dream was about tending the rabbits, which is emphasised in the number of times he mentions it during the book, â€Å"tendin ´ the rabbits†. George has a complete different view on the same dream. He wants the land so he can be dependant on himself, so he doesn’t have to work for other pe... ...o give good advice and listen to people. Slim had the most respect out of all the ‘ranch hands’. It is unusual the way Steinbeck has showed this character, as he owns such a big part of the story yet doesn’t have a dream. Whit also shows that he wants to do something with his life as he read his friend’s letter printed on the magazine, he felt slightly jealous. John Steinbeck has portrayed the theme ‘dream’ very well in the book. The way he has made nearly all the characters have a dream where they display high hopes. In George and Lennie’s case, being their own bosses. This dream can be metaphorically described as the Great American Dream, which shows anything you have in your mind you can achieve it, if you try your best and work hard for it. Unfortunately in ‘Of Mice and Men’ neither of the characters achieve their dream due to certain circumstances.

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