Templeton is only willing to lend a hand when there is something in it for him. For example, when he is asked to help save Wilbur’s life, he refuses at first, saying, “Let him die.” Later on, he agrees to pitch in, but only because he wants to keep eating Wilbur’s meals. Finally, Wilbur himself proved that he was a real friend. For example, at the end of the book Wilbur showed that he has learned the true meaning of friendship because he helped Charlotte. He took her egg sac back to the barn, where he knows her babies will be safe.
This will allow them to ‘live offa the fat of the lan’’ Lennie’s ultimate and persistent dream is that on the plot they can build a rabbit hutch where Lennie can tend to them. George dreams of a better life where he can be his own boss. He wants to be independent and not take orders from anyone else. Many migrant workers in the 1920s had a similar dream to George and Lennie. Many of these workers wanted to obtain these goals through hard work and sacrifice, instead of it being handed to them.
Although friendship and loyalty are major features in the novel Of Mice and Men love is the key to all traits. Without love all those major features would fail, fall apart. At the end George has no other option to kill Lennie. But George truly loves Lennie, he shoots Lennie painlessly in the back of the head. Lennie dies with a happy thought of a dream of the farm they want to own someday.
Just like everywhere else, there were dreamers in the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In the novella even though it was the Great Depression and people couldn't afford many luxuries they could dream. It was the one luxury that they everyone was allowed to have. They all dreamt of a better tomorrow. This is a very prominent theme in the book.
But that is not something someone chose for him, he chose it and is now going through consequences of his own actions. People and say it was the chickens destiny to cross the road but really he chose to cross the road and get to the otherside. No matter what anyone says the chicken has free will to do whatever he wants to do and it was not written out for him that it would happen, it was not fate that he crossed
I think the main theme of this story is idealism versus reality because it shows the harsh reality versus what the characters wanted to happen. The first example of idealism versus reality is when George and Lennie talk about owning a land with animals and crops. They both planned on getting this perfect land but when reality hits the whole idea of this perfect land and everything will be perfect ends up not happen. The second example is when Lennie and Candy were talking to Crooks about getting their own land and how they have enough money to invest right away. Crooks in disbelief told them that they could not achieve this goal and that plenty of men have tried but no one ever achieves it.
Dreams give individuals a purpose so that progress is attainable. During the Great Depression, the American Dream inspired hope for a better life. Dreams are unattainable, however, they inspire work ethic and faith. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Crooks sheds light on his feelings on the validity of dreams and their effects on migrant workers. Throughout his life, Crooks has seen many people with dreams that are never achieved.
“ Someday - we’re gonna have a little house together and a couple of acres.” and, “ I think I knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.”, are the quotes from George that represents his dreams and reality. His first quote explains his aspirations for independence and freedom to enjoy an unrestricted lifestyle but his reality reveals the impossibility of the dream as in his quote, he acknowledges the impossibility of his dreams and negligence of his reality as a result of his
Thoreau’s purpose is to live a simple life. He doesn't want to live the fast life, he wants to see every detail there is and obtain everything life offers. Thoreau wanted to die knowing he lived what life was meant to be. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” This is an antithesis because Thoreau supports his decision on going into to the woods by saying if he didn't, he would regret it. Thoreau states, “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.” Thoreau is contrasting his purpose with his resignation.
Another example of Gatsby's overwhelming idealism is his own self perception. Gatsby thinks as long as he surrounds himself with riches and the wealthy, that people will accept him and he can erase Gatz, the poor farm boy. This shows his idealism because no matter what a person does, their past will always exist. Later in the novel when Nick is reflecting on Gatsby's idea of Daisy he notes, "He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: 'I never loved you.'" This idea is not a realistic expectation because Daisy is already married and has a child to take care of; also her religion prevents her from getting a divorce and marrying him.