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Comparing Harlem Dream Deferred By John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem: Dream Deferred” and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men share a similar theme. Certain circumstances cause dreams to be impossible to achieve, and all people endure this in different ways. In “Harlem: Dream Deferred”, the speaker suggests that deferred dreams can “crust and sugar over-- / like a syrupy sweet” (Hughes 8-9). People can keep an impossible dream alive, but only as a fantasy. The speaker describes this situation metaphorically with food that has sugared over, where food left out becomes sweet to an inedible point. This connects to George and Lennie’s dream of owning their own farm. Ultimately, it proves to be just a fantasy, which George admits when he says, “‘I think I knowed from the very first. I
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