The Importance Of Dreams In Dunbar's Of Mice And Men

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Dreams are very important because without dreams there’s nothing to live for, no motivation, and overall loss of interest in all of life. To achieve in life, goals need to be created and pursued. It does not matter how big or small, as long as it helps fulfill life. Even the most successful people have dreams. Without dreams the same continuous routines of daily life will not be as enjoyable. Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men and Dunbar's poem "Sympathy" show characters such as George, Lennie, and the caged bird constantly making attempts to pursue their dreams. Having a dream to pursue made there their lives much better. In Of Mice and Men George, Lennie, and Candy want to own a little house where they can live off the fat of the land, and Lennie can tend the rabbits. They realize they can actually achieve this dream, with the help of Candy. As mentioned in the text, ‘They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had…show more content…
The poem is about an African American man who dreams to be free one day. He compares himself to a caged bird. He feels as if him and the bird are both missing out on all the wonderful things in life. According to the text,” I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright and the upland slopes; when the wind stirs sot through the spinning grass” (Dunbar 1-3). This displays that, the author and the bird have something in common. Because the author is an African American man and grew up during the abolition of slavery, he feels isolated from the rest of the world. He doesn’t get to go anywhere because he’s locked up. This has a lot of impact on the author and the bird because they both are very lonely, which motivates them even more. This is worth a lot because if they were never isolated they would never have their dream of being set free. They wouldn’t have that determination to move further in pursuing their
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