The Futility Of Dreaming By John Steinbeck

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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. Steinbeck presents dreams as a tool to aid the men of the ranch’s contentment. They give a sense of purpose, a reward for long days of hard labor on the ranch. The idea of dreams prolonging survival and happiness is best portrayed by the dream and relationship shared by Lennie and George. Their mutual dream to "live offa the fatta the lan" (Steinbeck 57) brings to light their need of other’s companionship to alleviate isolation and loneliness, and to make their dream seem more realistic. To immerse oneself in this idyllic fantasy world with acres of vegetable garden, and rabbits, was the perfect

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