Curley’s wife was known as a tart and was avoided by the men on the ranch. At first the reader could assume her dream was to be noticed and talked to but her dream was to ‘be in the pictures’. A professional man had promised to make her famous and she waited for a letter that ensured this. She never received the letter and that’s where the decline of her dreams happened. Shortly after, her dreams started failing she married Curley who controlled her.
Curley’s wife had dreamt of becoming an actress but her mother did not think this was a reasonable dream and she never was able to go. Instead, she resorted to marrying Curley due to her need for attention. Her mother led her to this by saying that she was too young to become an actress. Curley's wife said, “She says because I was on’y fifteen. But the guy says I coulda. If i’d went, I wouldn't be livin’ like this, you bet,” (88). When her mother did not let her go because she was simply not old enough. This led her to choose a different path entirely than the one she wanted for herself. If she were to have not listened to her mother she could have become a star, but alas this outcome was not written in the cards for her. Instead, when she ended up with Curly she found herself in a loveless marriage where she would soon crave more attention than ever before due to her husband's lack of affection. Ultimately, her flirtatious lifestyle brought her to be killed by Lennie. Overall, proving that she did not have the life she wanted which would have been much better for her well being had it not been influenced by certain
What is it like to have a dream that makes you feel alive, that gives you another reason to rise and to strive in the morning and throughout the rest of your life? During the 1930’s this was often found within migrant workers who were searching for “The American Dream”
“There is no way to be completely happy without being oblivious to the world around you” (Maredith Close). Everybody is oblivious, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not, though it tends to be beneficial. As said by Maredith Close, true happiness can not be achieved without oblivion, but in extreme cases, too much happiness for someone can cause less for someone else. Being oblivious can cause calm thoughts, but when conceived in extreme, can cause confusion and lack of comprehension, perhaps leading to irrational actions.
Hopes and dreams can be very important for peoples’ needs and survival. In Steinbeck’s story, Of Mice and Men, each of the main characters is driven by their hopes and dreams; it provides a sense of motivation and animation to each of their being. From Lennie and George being driven by their hopes and dreams of owning a farm, to Curley’s wife’s dreams of becoming an actress, having dreams plays an essential role in giving hope to the characters of Steinbeck’s story. Although dreams and hopes are essential themes in Steinbeck’s story, in a sense, Steinbeck does seem to emphasize that dreams are not meant to be achieved, and that there are other factors that are essential for survival. I believe Steinbeck included their dreams to give
One of the major themes of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men is that having a dream creates hope, friendship, and determination, enabling one to strive onward in life with a sense of importance. Three major examples show this idea. The first example is Candy’s loss of his dog and his joining George and Lennie 's dream of owning land. A second example is Crook’s memory of his father’s
The author continually exemplifies the negative effects of dreams and hopes, specifically the “American Dream” throughout the book. This dream can also be explained by an individual overcoming all obstacles and beating all odds to one day be successful. However, in the setting of Of Mice and Men, it interprets more commonly in relation to owning land, leading a better and richer life, and living an independent lifestyle. Steinbeck uses Of Mice and Men to show how although the
Dreams give a person hope, and hope makes life worth living. In Of Mice and Men, the author John Steinbeck chooses dreams as one of his central themes. As the reader digs deeper into the story and characters, the theme of dreams expands as the novel goes on. Lennie and George held on to their dream of moving to a farm. Even though George had his doubts, he kept the dream alive for Lennie. Candy, the swamper, is a dreamer too. He wanted to escape his miserable life working on the ranch to go with George and Lennie to their dream farm. Many of the characters in the novel had dreams about their future. Lennie, George, and Candy wanted to move to a farm, and Curley’s wife wanted to be admired. All of these characters were examples of how John Steinbeck
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” Estee Lauder. This quote really sums up the reason we shouldn’t dream because dreams make us believe in things that won’t ever happen unless a person actually goes out tries to accomplish what they want to do in life. In addition
Aspirations of success often drive individuals toward success. However if one only focuses on their dreams and not on working to achieve their goals, they will not be successful. Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck in their respective novels Great Expectations and Of Mice and Men, use their main characters
Sydney Pamela-Larter Mr. Sweeney English ENG1D: Block 7 February 5, 2015 The Futility of Dreaming As the late Osho believed, "And desires are never here and now -- they are non-existential. They are just mental, in the mind. And they cannot be fulfilled because their very nature is to move into the future." John Steinbeck 's novella, Of Mice and Men explores this theme of futile desire through various relationships and character complexes. This fictional story begins by introducing two men with a relationship built from the very foundations of love. As the novel progresses, we begin questioning innate truths. Steinbeck uses his literary prowess to entwine us within a story of loneliness, loss and morality. The characters ' hopes and dreams, regardless of outcome, are a mechanism of survival and a desire to lead something other than an otherwise inconsequential existence.
This short novel ‘of mice and men’ was first published in 1937, the author who wrote this book about the American dream was John Steinbeck. Steinbeck used different types of techniques to send a message, which includes foreshadowing to give us the readers an idea of what’s going to happen. He also uses motifs, dialogue and characterization to get the message out. The message that Steinbeck is sending is that without a friend or someone special in your life, you wont be happy and that companionship is an important part of life but also an important part of the American dream. Steinbeck beliefs about ‘the dream’ is that the dream gives us faith, and a purpose and he believes that is the dream is not achievable then the faith is misplaced, and then our purpose is pointless, the dream can also be difficult to achieve because not everyone’s dreams come true.
Hope-an illusion. Hope-something to be seen but never achieved. Hope-something to look forward to, never a reality. Reality comes from action, not wishes. Hope-a thing with feathers, flighty, beautiful, unreal. In both “Hope is the thing with feathers”, by Emily Dickinson, and Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck,
To what extent does Steinbeck portray dreams as futile in ‘Of Mice and Men’? In Of Mice and Men, the hopes and dreams of the men on the ranch are a continuous focus and theme throughout the novel. John Steinbeck portrays the effects that dreams, or lack of them, have on
Meredith Gordon Mrs. Wrubel American Literature - 4 27 March 2015 Hopes and dreams in Of Mice and Men The tides can all be changed with a simple dream. It is hope that brings people purpose to whom are without motive. To bring this idea into perspective, there can be no better example than that of the characters in Of Mice and Men. The composer behind this novel, John Steinbeck. He was born February 27, 1902. Throughout Steinbeck's life, he wrote pieces inspired by places he visited as well as his hometown Salinas, CA. Using this, he could easily add a detailed perspective(s) on each setting. Another striking component to Steinbeck’s work includes his take on the effectiveness of ambition in people’s lives. In Of Mice and Men, a definite aspect is the quality of drivenness with the desires that people hold onto. In turn, hopes and dreams help people to survive, even if they never become real.