Of Mice & Men Thematic Project By Kylee Elise Tamez

Universal Theme about Dreams & Aspirations:

Dreams always keep you alive and gives you something to look forward to until they are broken and things go unplanned for.

Question: What do authors try to teach us about society and dreams?

Text: Of Mice & Men:

Evidence: "Go on" said Lennie. "How's it gonna be. We gonna get a little place." "And I get to tend the rabbits." Lennie giggled with happiness. Lennie begged, "Le's do it now. Le's get that place now." And George raised the gun. He pulled the trigger. (105-106)

The author is trying to teach us that society is crull and dreams only give us hope and happiness but sometimes they come to an end, we have to move on. Like for example, Lennie had a dream to keep him out of trouble, the dream gave him something to look forward to but it didn't happen. Lennie got into trouble causing George to kill him. Lennie died at peace with thinking about his dream. Therefore, Lennie died with hope and happiness.

Text #1: Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

Evidence: "Amontillado!" "I have my doubts." "Amontillado!" "And I must satisfy them." "Amontillado!" "To your vaults." "The vaults are insufferably damp. They are encrusted with nitre." "Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado!...while I followed immediately at his heels. In niche, and finding an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered. I had scarcely laid the first tier of the masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off. The earliest indication I had of this was a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess. There was then a long and obstinate silence. I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard the furious vibrations of the chain. ...No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick; I hastened to make an end of my labour. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!

The author is trying to teach us that society hasn't been the best years with people always backstabbing and craving revenge on one another over many things and dreams are what keep us going, dreams are movation. For example, in the Cask of Amontillado, the crave for the taste of Amontillo kept Fortunato going into the damp vaults even if he had a cold. Fortunato had hope in luck for finding the Amontillo instead Fortunato to be lead straight to his death because Montresor wanted revenge.

Modern Example: Words from William Shakespeare

Evidence: I always feel happy, you know why? Because I don't expect anything from anyone; expectations always hurt.. Life is short.. So love your life.. Be happy.. And Keep smiling.. Just Live for yourself and always remember: Before you speak... Listen Before you write... Think Before you spend... Earn Before you pray... Forgive Before you hurt... Feel Before you hate... Love Before you quit... Try Before you die... Live

The author is trying to teach us that everyone is unhappy trying to fit society expectations and dreams slowly have you expect what you want in your future. Maybe if you stop expecting things you'll be happier. Like Willam Shakespeare said, "life is short so love your life and be happy." Don't over think things, don't crave things that ain't needed in your life. Things that lead to being heart broken are unnecessary in a happy life.

Impact: Dreams are a good thing that keep your head up and happy without dreams people wouldn't plan ahead but, people need to look at reality and see what will get in the way. Think wisely when it comes to what you want in life.

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