The Danger Of Hope By John Steinbeck

1082 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Lindsay Mullins
English 1 – P1
15 December 2015
The Danger of Hope Within the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, many characters, such as Lennie and George, are hopeful and focused on achieving the reality of their dreams. Whether that dream includes land of one’s own, to finally become noticed or even to have companionship remains inconsequential to the big picture. Eventually, each character comes to the understanding that sometimes what they want most leans more towards impracticality than probability. Through the entirety of the novel, Steinbeck uses light as a symbol of hope and dark as a symbol of danger to foreshadow and convey the theme that the danger of hope is that some do not realize their dreams are unattainable. Many characters in Of Mice and Men become so caught up in their hopes and dreams that they forget to consider the possible dangers that come with them; but when they do, that realization becomes much more heartbreaking. At the beginning of chapter two, Lennie and George arrive at their new job in hopeful spirits for a new start: “At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars” (Steinbeck 17-18). As Lennie and George arrive at their new job, they display excitement to start over after the sticky situation that had presented itself in Weed. From the very beginning, it seems apparent that the duo spend a…

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