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An Analysis of the Common Theme of the Destruction of Main Characters' Dreams in Two Novels by John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men
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Common Ground In many of John Steinbecks works there are themes and elements that parallel his other works Steinbeck often tackles the result of peoples bad fortune and the realization that their dreams have been destroyed We can see that in his Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath and his critically acclaimed novel Of mice and Men Steinbeck shows us the results of people having their dreams destroyed Steinbeck shows us that in his work he gives different characters similar goals and aspirations and has them destroyed in similar ways In both of the above mentioned books key characters have their dreams destroyed Steinbeck often created characters possessing lofty goals lofty goals in a world of despair and corruption His characters did not have a dream of tangible luxuries but a dream of corporal well being and refuge with loved onesThomas 238 In Of Mice and Men Lennie and George travel to California in order to find work Once they salvage up enough money Lennie and George plan on being independent and not worrying about the outside world and its enigmas George stated Someday were gonna get all the jack together and were gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an a cow and some pigs Roberts 187 Georges dream ran deeper than a love for farming and independence The motivation for this dream was not just a product of the poor state of the country and widespread unemployment but it was a dream that could ensure a happy ending for Lennie George is anxious to secure his own place so that Lennie can live the type of life where he can be happy and not be hurt by people who do not understand his simple ways George would run the farm Lennie would tend the rabbits This was Lennies dream to tend the rabbits He could think of nothing else more enjoyable than tending the rabbits Lennies
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