Disillusionment of dreams Cassandra Rodriguez

Universal Theme: dreams can have unseen consequences, and become unfulfilled.

"Of mice and men"

"'WE GONNA GET A LITTLE PLACE'...AND GEORGE RAISED THE GUN AND STEADIED IT, AND HE BROUGHT THE MUZZLE OF IT CLOSE TO THE BACK OF LENNIE'S HEAD...HE PULLED THE TRIGGER..." (p. 106)

George and Lennie are heard to constantly talk about their dream of getting a ranch. This progresses into something more in the story and it is soon to believe that both characters will be buying their "dream ranch". However, when Lennie unintentionally kills a women George is forced to take matters into his own hands. He grabs a gun and kills Lennie. Steinbeck uses this cause and affect consequence to his advantage to show the audience that certain plans don't always go the way they are wanted.

"CHRYSANTHEMUMs"

"ELISA'S EYES GREW EAGER...Elisa RAN EXCITEDLY...SHE KNEELED ON THE GROUND BY THE STARTING BED AND DUG UP THE SANDY SOIL WITH HER FINGERS AND SCOOPED IT INTO THE BRIGHT NEW FLOWERPOT...'HE MIGHT HAVE THROWN THEM OFF THE ROAD'...'He had to keep the pot'... SHE WAS CRYING WEAKLY." (p. 5, 8, 9)

Steinbeck gives the reader clues that Elisa wants to travel and be free to do whatever she wanted. When a peddler arrives to her house and shows a slight interest in her chrysanthemums she immediately becomes ecstatic. She hands him a pot full of her precious flowers, only to find out that he threw them out in the side of the road. The chrysanthemum were portrayed as if they were her. She wanted them to go on an adventure and be free from the home. However, when she figures out the peddler's only intention was to keep the pot, she begin to cry. Steinbeck shows how dreams can sometimes not become your reality, and turn into misguiding hope.

"Tularecito"

"'MY OWN PEOPLE ARE LIKE ME. I MUST GO HOME TO THEM, PANCHO'...TULARECITO STRUGGLED LIKE A WOUNDED LION, AND HELD HIS OWN UNTIL THEY STRUCK HIM ON THE HEAD WITH HIS OWN SHOVEL...HE COMMITTED TULARECITO TO THE ASYLUM FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE AT NAPA." (P. 9, 10)

Steinbeck introduces Tularecito a unique person. He makes it obvious that he does not belong, and people do not understand him. When Tularecito hears about the gnomes from his teacher, he becomes determined to find them. He later on refers to them as his "own people", and believes that he must go with them because he does not belong. When he sets off to find them, a man by the name of Burt Monroe gets in the way of Tularecito and his determination. Tularecito attacks the man, and kills him. He is later brutally attacked by a dozen men, and sent to an asylum for the criminally insane. Steinbeck shows the main characters actions lead to unforeseen consequences, and caused an unfulfillable dream.

Today's Reality

The video starts of with showing the little girl and her family being happy. It then progresses to racial remarks, and a bombing. Her father is left behind when fleeing her home, and the struggle of her life afterwards. This is about how in a split second your hopes, dreams, and aspirations can vanish. These unforeseen events turned into unforeseen feelings. She becomes more and more upset. When dreams are lost, a feeling of disillusion overcomes your entire emotions.

Still relevant to today

Many people have dreams and some, because of others, can never be fulfilled. For others, things just don't go right for them. Dreams can be lost, however don't let those obstacles in life stop you from trying. Like Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work".

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Created with images by Trevor Bexon - "Delicate Arch Dancing with the Milky Way" • mtchlra - "White chrysanthemum"

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