Analysis Of ' Of Mice And Men '

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Walt Disney once said that “all of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” The concept of dreams and aspirations are what connects the two seemingly different Of Mice and Men and A Raisin in the Sun. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, portrays a story of two poor farm hands living in California, one of which is handicap. This pair, despite all efforts, fail to accomplish this dream, showing a very anti-american dream aspect of this novel. On the other hand, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, shows a post WWII African American family who struggles to achieve their own individual goals in the face of racial discrimination and family quarrels. However, they overcome the adversity of this time and attain their goal. At face value, these two works of literature are divergent, but at second glance there are similarities between the theme of dreams, the accessibility of the American Dream, and theme of family. Dreams are very important to the characters in these pieces of literature by providing them a sense of hope when there seems to be none; the importance of such dreams are also seen when these dreams fail. Both sets of characters are at a disadvantage because of their time, place, and situation; however, these people still have dreams which make them hopeful to what is subsequent to come rather than living in depression and desperation. In A Raisin in the Sun, the characters all start with somewhat selfish dreams which…

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