Theme: Dreams are destroyed by the harshness of reality
"Of Mice and Men"
"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 Ian ", Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. Go on, George!" (Steinbeck 14)
"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" (Steinbeck 106).
These two quotes relate to the theme because George and Lennie both had a dream to live on a ranch with a house and etc. As you know Lennie has a disability that no one can control, which causes him trouble with other people. While working at their new jobs there has been some trouble between Lennie and Curly. Towards the end Lennie gets himself into trouble by killing Curlys wife. This leads to George not having an option, but to sadly kill Lennie. Both of thier dreams were destroyed because of Lennie's actions.
"I'll put them on a flower pot,and you can take the, right with you. Come into the yard"(Steinbeck 5).
"She whispered to herself sadly, He might have thrown them off the road. That wouldn't have been much trouble,not very much. But he kept pot",she explained (Steinbeck 8).
Elisa's dreams are to send her flowers with the man because of how she wanted to do things that men can do. The flowers are a symbol of herself because she is lovely and strong. Her dream was fulfilled until the man threw the flowers on the side of the road. All Elisa wanted was to do what others can do.
"The heart of Tularecito gushed with joy at his homecoming. All his Life he had been an alien, a lonely outcast, and now he was going home"(Steinbeck 8).
"Tularecito struggled to like a wounded lion,and held his own until they struck him on the head with his own shovel. The they tied him up and took him to jail."( Steinbeck 9).
Tularecito dream was to find his family and go where he belongs to. While trying find his family he got interrupted with a guy named Bert Munroe. Tularecito was digging a hole up to try to reach to his family. When Bert saw the hole he immediately started to fill the hole.Tularecito was in there and got mad,so he charged at Bert and killed him. His dream to find his family was no longer able to be reached because he was going to jail.
Real life connection
A real life connection to "Dreams are destroyed by the harshness of reality " could be someone who is really good at football, but doesn't meet the requirements to be on the team. The player may be to small, so the coach would want someone who is taller on the team. The short player maybe be really fast and tough, but that one little problem gets in the way of him being on the team. Dreams are overcomed by reality.