The Role Of Broken Dreams In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In John Steinbecks literary masterpiece, Of Mice and Men, broken dreams play a major role in the books overall theme. As this story progresses, the reader comes to find that almost every major action or moment revolves around this central theme. Curly’s wife, Lennie, and Candy all have their dreams broken in this novella, as well as many other characters on Tyler farm. One example of Broken dreams seen throughout the book is Curlys wife’s shattered ambitions of going to Hollywood. As she explains on page 89, “Nother time I met a guy and he was in pitchers. Went out to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural.” But, as the theme is broken dreams, her dreams are broken. The stpry…show more content…
Towards the end of the story, Candy, George, and Lennie gather up enough money to afford a farm, but as the last section of the last chapter unfolds, the reader learns that Lennie has to be killed for murdering Candy’s wife, which in turn ruins the dreams of not only George and Candy, bt Lennie as well. As chapter 6, page 106 entails, “ He pulled the trigger. The crash from the shot rolled up the hills and down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering.” When George fires this shot, he knows he ruined Lennies dreams. One final example of broken dreams in the book, Of Mice and Men, is Candys dream of belonging to a community that cared for him. As one reads this book, he/she will start to realize that Candy longs for a home, one with people who not only respect him, but care for him as well. And when he hears about George and Lennie’s farm idea, he thinks he’s finally found what he’s always wanted. But when Goerge Takes that fateful shot on Lennies skull, it ruins Candy’s dreams too. He comes to the realization that his dreams will never come true after this major
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