Universal Theme: Dreams don't always happen.
"Of MICE AND MEN"
"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that George."
This quote talks about how both George and Lennie both shared a dream about owning a little cottage house on 10 acres. Towards the end when George had to kill Lennie and have both their dreams shattered, Steinbeck shows that not everybody always accomplishs their dreams.
Well,' said George, 'we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof...'
As you see here George and Lennie had a simple dream, The American Dream. They just wanted to be able to own a place. Both of them were obviously not happy as migrant workers. They wanted a feeling that they have acomplished something. The whole novel greatly refers to The American Dream. With Lennie, mentally disabled, George and him worked towards their goals of financial independence.
" The Chrysanthemums"
" He drew a big finger down the chicken wire and made it sing. " I ain't in any hurry, ma'am. I go from Seattle to SAN Diego and back every year. Takes all my time. About six months each way. I aim to follow nice weather." Elisa took off her gloves and stuffed them in the apron pocket with the scissors. She touched the under edge of her man's hat, searching for fugitive hairs. " That sounds like a nice kind of a way to live, " she said "
Elisa had a passion for growing chrysanthemums strong and tall better than most. She also had a small dream of traveling. She meets a tinker and gives him a pot full of chrysanthemums to give to a lady on his journey. When she met this tinker she felt her life lacked adventure. She is also frustrated with her life, because romance and children are missing in her marriage with Henry. With Henry not appreciating the qualities Elisa has, she realizes that her life is not going to change. When the tinker takes the flowers with him, Elisa feels that part of her is going with him, on an adventure she will never have.
"You sleep right in the wagon?" Elisa asked. "Right in the wagon, ma'am. Rain or shine I'm dry as a cow in there." It must be nice," she said "It must be very nice. I wish women could do such things." "It ain't the right kind of a life for a woman." Her upper lip raised a little, showing her teeth. "How do you know? How can you tell?" She said. " I don't know, ma'am," he protested. " Of course I don't know. Now here's your kettles done. You don't have to buy no new ones. "
Elisa has a dream of having feminine equality. She liked the life that the tinker was living and she wanted to live the same. When Elisa tells the tinker that she wishes women and men could do the same he refuses saying that it isn't a good lifestyle for women. On her way to dinner with her husband she spots the flowers on the road that she has given the tinker. The flowers lay with no pot, the tinker was so greedy to take the pot and leave her chrysanthemums behind.The flowers on the road symbolizes that she will not escape her traditional role.
A scale of Elisa at the bottom and Henry at the top.
"Tularecito stared hard at the ground and drilled his old thoughts with this new information. "Thou hast said they are my people," he exclaimed. "I am not like the others at the school or here. I know that. I have loneliness for my people who live deep in the cool Earth. When I pass a squirrel hole, I wish to crawl into it and hide myself. My own people are like me. I must go home to them, Pancho. "
Tularecito was only a baby when he was found by Pancho. As he grows up he becomes a farmer like Pancho and Franklin Gomez. When Tularecito turned 11 he was forced to go to school. There Pancho learned his gift of drawing beautiful animals. He would draw animals on the blackboard and would fill it up. One day the kids tried to erase the animals and Tularecito grew furious and attacked. The author shows how a person acts with a mental disorder. When Miss Martin resigned her position a new teacher with the name of Miss Morgan taught Tularecito's class. Miss Morgan would read books of gnomes and their lives and habits. Tularecito grew interested in them and decided they were his people since he didn't fit in with the school and with Pancho and Franklin Gomez.
Tularecito realizes he is different than the rest. Since they are not "his people" he sets out to find the gnomes in the night like Miss Morgan had assured him that they would come out. Trying to find his people Tularecito got put in an asylum for attacking Bert Monroe for filling up the hole in the ground that he had dug.
The red fish represents Tularecito and how he was different compared to the rest.
How it relates to now
Dreams is something everyone has. Some people have bigger dreams than others. Dreams are important in our live since we often have them. Dreams can represent desires and wishes or processing gathered information during the day. It is a symbolic language to communicate with our inner wisdom. Our dream selfs send each other symbols and images that turn into ideas or situations in visual language. We might have dreams of becoming a super star or maybe just simply playing the piano perfectly. A dream is like a goal. If you work towards that goal and give it all your effort then you just might make it come true although nothing is guaranteed.