Dreams: omam final project By jesus ledesMa

"Of mice and men"

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Now Candy spoke his greatest fear. "You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George? You an' me can go there an' live nice, can't we, George? Can't we?" Before George answered, Candy dropped his head and looked down at the hay. He knew. George said softly, "-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I know'd we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would." "Then- it's all off?" Candy asked sulkily. George didn't answer his question. -Steinbeck

This deep and depressing conversation between George and Lennie is Steinbeck way of expressing the theme "Some dreams are too high to reach." Which means that there are some dreams that are too hard to achieve. This quote isn't the only part in the book that expresses this theme. Most of the book leads to this moment. This is a depressing truth that Steinbeck has shown in Of Mice and Men. This can relate to practically anyone.

George's voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no fambly. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go into town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." Lennie was delighted. "That's it- that's it. Now tell how it is with us." George went on. "With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us." Lennie broke in. "But not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why." He laughed delightedly. "Go on now, George!" "You got it by heart. You can do it yourself." "No, you. I forget some a' the things. Tell about how it's gonna be." "O.K. Someday- we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and-" "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." "Why'n't you do it yourself? You know all of it." "No... you tell it. It ain't the same if I tell it. Go on... George. How I get to tend the rabbits." "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- Nuts!" -Steinbeck

This is the dream of George and Lennie. To make a long story short, they want to have a farm. Lennie wants to have some rabbits and George wants to have a farm to support himself and Lennie. This dream is mentioned in the first chapter and most of the book builds this dream up. Candy wants in after hearing George and Lennie , he even pledged money. Crooks also wanted to be part of it when Candy and Lennie told him. This dream is one of the biggest things of this novel. This dream is important to these characters because it gives them a goal...a reason to live. A dream lets them know that they aren't just wasting their lives.


It gives them hope which is what everyone needs during hard times like these characters are going through. Then the possibility of the dream coming true is completly destroyed. The novel builds up to this moment from the beginning. The dream is dead and these characters know it. This is how Steinbeck expresses the theme "Some dreams are just out of your reach.

"The Necklace"

She suffered endlessly, feeling she was entitled to all the delicacies and luxuries of life -Maupassant

In the story "The Necklace" the main character wants only the best in life. Her dream is too be rich and pretty much have everything. She then decides to waste her husbands money on a dress and borrow her friends diamond necklace. She does this to try and fulfill her dream.

Each month they had to pay some notes, renew others, get more time. Her husband worked every evening, doing accounts for a tradesman, and often, late into the night, he sat copying a manuscript at five sous a page. And this life lasted ten years. At the end of ten years they had paid off everything, everything, at usurer's rates and with the accumulations of compound interest. Madame Loisel looked old now. She had become strong, hard and rough like all women of impoverished households. With hair half combed, with skirts awry, and reddened hands, she talked loudly as she washed the floor with great swishes of water. But sometimes, when her husband was at the office, she sat down near the window and thought of that evening at the ball so long ago, when she had been so beautiful and so admired.

She then lost that necklace which cost a fortune. She decided to lie to her friend and bought a new diamond necklace. It cost them all the money they would make for the next 10 years. They had to work so much that they became poor and not so good looking. Her dream ultimately destroyed her. Her dream instead of bringing her up, brought her down. It was big of a dream.

"Requiem for a dream"

" Soon millions of people will see and they will like me" - Sara Goldfarb
"Its a reason to get up in the morning, its a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. Its a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow okay"- Sara goldfarb
"Dreams and lots of hopes but the harshness of their realities set in and slowly destroy them"- Darren Aronofsky

Now here is my modern example, the most depressing movie ever made "Requiem for a dream". In this movie an elderly lady is called and asked if she would like to be on tv, she agrees and decides to try to wear her red dress from when she was younger. She can't so she starts to take dangerous diet pills. She really wants to be on tv. After a while she started to get addicted to them and started taking four times the amount of pills she was supposed to take. She slowly starts going insane and overdoses. In the video clip, Sara Goldfarb says that being on tv gives her a reason to get up in the morning. A reason to smile. This ties back to what I said. Dreams are what gives a reason to live, they assure us that we aren't wasting our lives. This woman finds a reason to live with the small hope of being on tv. The dream dream ultimately brought her down.

Some dreams are too high to reach. This was certainly the case. Another theme that fit all of these examples is that don't let dreams drag you down which is similar to the current theme. Sara is drag down completly brought her down. Some dreams are just out of your reach. The director Darren Aronofsky has said that one of the main themes of this film is that anything can become a drug, even hopes and dreams which is very true.

So what?? So what?

Dreams are good, not all dreams are bad. In fact dreams are great. Like I said, dreams give you a reason to live assure you that you're not just waisting your life. But there are some dreams that are just too big. So if you find yourself not accomplishing your dreams, maybe it's too big and don't let it drag you down. It's for your own good.

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