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There are many themes that run throughout the novella; one of the major themes is dreams. John Steinbeck has presented dreams as a sign of hope and as a part of nature. Many characters throughout the novella have dreams that they would like to turn into reality however the injustice and imperfect world doesn’t allow this to occur. Dreams is the element that allows friendship to grow, it also changes how the person thinks and behaves. Steinbeck has presented dreams as a necessity in order to survive the harsh realities of the depression era. Loneliness can sometimes be eliminated by dreams. George and Lennie both share a dream that strengthens their bond, they also allow people to participate in the dream hence friendship occurs.
Curley’s wife is a complex character, she dreams of working at the “pitchers,” but she cannot fulfil her dream. Steinbeck presents the external forces that act upon the character hence the title “of mice and men,” suggest that the best laid plans will never work out; it is fate that decides your course. I will now discuss the importance of dreams in the essay.
George and Lennie are two characters that allow the theme of dreams to be a part of their relationship. The two characters both dream about “living of the fatta the lan’,” the dream unites them; one cannot leave another because the dream will not turn into reality. Dreams also eliminates the theme on loneliness, we can see this because George says “no,” to Lennie. George also uses the dream in order to survive the harsh realities of the 1930s. The reader can infer that he is using the dream in order to protect Lennie, George often blackmails Lennie, hence Lennie tries to be good. Dreams allows friendship to occur, they allow Candy to participate in the dream. Dream is the only hope that was available to the migrant workers in the 1930s.
George has something to look forward to if he thinks about the dream. If George becomes lonely then he will become “mean,” which he doesn’t want to be. The theme of dreams is important for these two characters because it makes their bond stronger, they have something to look forward to and they can avoid the harsh realities of the depression era.
Curley’s wife dreams of working at the “pitchers.” She wears clothes that often reflect her dream, however, many workers think that she has the “eye.” This causes the ranch workers to stay away from her because she is like “jail-bait.” She often feels lonely because no one talks to her. She couldn’t fulfil her dream hence she married Curley. Curley is a man who is mean; Curley’s wife doesn’t like him. The man at Hollywood said that she was a “natural,” which raised her hopes. Her mother wouldn’t allow her to work at Hollywood. She ran away and decided to go and marry Curley. The reader can infer that you can’t run away from your problems. The theme of dreams is important because it gives her a false reflection to the migrant workers which often makes her isolated.
Crooks is a character who dreams of equality and black men and white men working together. “White boys and black boys,” suggests that he wants equality. He often feels confined to one place, he’s hardly allowed in the bunkhouse because of his colour. He doesn’t believe in dreams because he has seen many people go by. He has no more hope left, he is crippled and he has the most possessions which suggest that he isn’t going to move from the ranch. He often keeps himself entertained by material possessions. The theme of dreams isn’t important for him because he has seen many people go by with great dreams but they are unable to achieve it, this has made Crooks believe that if it can’t be done by a white man, how can it be done by a black man thus he no longer has hope.
Overall, dreams are an important part of the novella which changes the way people act. Dreams allowed loneliness to be destroyed and it allowed friendship to occur. John Steinbeck has showed that dreams are a vital part of the depression era especially when America was known as the land of liberty.
Can someone grade this, it's with WJEC Unit 1 Lit.
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You shouldn't have put "I will now be discussing the importance of dreams in the essay" as it prevents the essay from flowing well. you should instead just move on and write about it but also in the introduction mention the American dream and about how each characters dream links to the harsh reality of that time e.g. 'Golden' California the great depression lynch mobs and the American dream...