Of Mice And Men Sympathy Analysis

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Mountains to Climb and Cages to Escape: An Analysis of Dreams in Of Mice and Men and “Sympathy” Harriet Tubman once said, “Every dream begins with a dreamer.” We all dream. Dreams are goals or ambitions we have set for ourselves. Many times, these dreams give us hope and motivate us but occasionally, we may let them influence us to make poor conclusions. They can push you to reach more goals or lead you to make impetuous decisions. It is our choice whether we allow them to help us or harm us. People look to dreams and goals for a drive; hope. These dreams can bring people together or tear them apart. John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, illustrates the story of two migrant farm workers striving to reach their dream of owning a farm. Similarly, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “Sympathy” depicts a speaker who longs for freedom and change. The characters in Of Mice and Men and the speaker in “Sympathy” both pursue dreams that give them hope for new beginnings, but also cause difficulty for them or the people around them. Dreams are able to influence people’s lives in a positive way in the sense that they offer a glimmer of hope. In the first chapter of John Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men, he makes it clear that George and Lennie have big dreams of owning their own farm writing, “‘ Someday- we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and--” (14). Lennie interrupts, “‘An’ live off the fatta the
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