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Dreams are something all humans share in common and they manifest the realization of our lives They have a great influence over our essence and can provide colossal amounts of courage and strength to accomplish our greatest desires However when we do not have dreams to fight for our lives become meaningless and sorrowful nevertheless this is the situation many people face throughout their lives Broken dreams have become a popular theme among writers because a connection can be made with the theme and because there ones truth can be faced Whether dreams are forgotten or unaccomplished there is a theory by philosopher Carl Jung that states Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived lives of their parents incorporated into literary pieces we are able to understand the impact thorough the work of several writers The theme is encountered on Boys and Girls by Alice Munro Brother Dear by Bernice Friensen and A Cap of Steve by Morley Callaghan The stories portray parents living vicariously through their children as well as the impact their social and economical status has on them therefore forcing their will upon them and leaving them with no choice but to resign to their life and fulfillment of their dreams In the short stories living vicariously is a common motif the protagonists are victims of They are being manipulated by their parents to achieve for them what themselves failed to accomplish In the short story Boys and Girls the narrator who is part of the female minority is faced with the paradox of becoming what society but especially her mother wants her to become Later on realizing that she did not had a choice and the decision was made for her already Throughout the story she repeatedly struggles with her mothers persistence of womanhood as she is reminded that Shes only a girl Munro 59 and that
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