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Discuss the theme of the Dream in 'Of Mice and Men'.

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"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. ...read more.

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When Candy sees Curley's wife dead, he knows that the dream will never come true. Curley's dream is not a main part of the story but does have an important contribution to the central basis of the story's theme of dreams. His dream is about being physically bigger, being respected, having a job, a house and a wife. He got all the things he had hoped for apart from being bigger, getting respect and having a 'perfect' fairytale wife. To Curley his wife is the main bad thing in his life. Curley spends most of his time looking for his wife, while his wife is always looking for him. Curley's wife's dreams consist of fame, fortune and admiration. She has high hopes of going to Hollywood and being an all time rich film star, which has been portrayed in the line "I tell ya I could of went with shows. Not jus' one neither. An' a guy tol' me he could put me in the pitchers". ...read more.

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His past life as a child, was a good life where race didn't matter. Slim is an important part of the story, yet he didn't have a dream. He had the abilities to 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. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Punit Patel ...read more.

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