Theme Of Steinbeck's Dream In The Grapes Of Wrath

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Ma bought “Meat," he said. "Potatoes, bread, coffee. One dollar, even… "They're a-workin' out there. You let me have some sugar an' I'll bring the slip in later."… "I can't do it, ma'am. That's the rule. No slip, no groceries… "For anything, ma'am." He looked pleadingly at her. And then his face lost its fear. He took ten cents from his pocket and rang it up in the cash register. "There," he said with relief… You bring in your slip an' I'll get my dime back." (Grapes of Wrath 393) Ma as amoral of the novel always stand for unselfishness, by her persuasion the store keeper get to know mother’s spirit to fed her working children is best comparing to the rules. Most of the time they received help from fellow migrant poor like them. In that camp…show more content…
The dream here belongs to a ‘rootless men of home.’ Then own land for them where they want to sense of belonging and tragically end in disillusion. The migrant shifts from one ranch to another, they work in land that is not their own, sow reap and harvest crop which is not belong to them, and sleep in bunk houses. In loneliness they dream of home—a small white house, a few pigs and rabbits and chicken. The migrants are lonely men. But sometimes they share their dream with some others too. George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men share such a dream. Steinbeck sys, “the dream and pleasure are everyone in the world is equal. Because it is every man’s right. During the depression period dream is the spirit of people. George and Lennie are together because there is no family set up for them in the novel. They are lonely guys George says, “guy like us—are the loneliest guys in the world…they don’t belong no place… they got nothing to look ahead to” (Of Mice and Men 79). So gradually they have join in any of others or create a group. Here George chooses Lennie as his group mate, a halfwit man who have more strength then George but has a good and innocent soul. In essay Tragedy and the Non-teleological in "Of Mice and Men" Brian Leahy Doyle notes that: Of Mice and Men is essentially a California writer's tale of two migrant farm workers who dream of someday owning their own ranch and "liv in' off the fat of the land" (Steinbeck 15). Joined in a symbiotic partnership, George and Lennie are naively and genuinely American in conception, and they pursue a vision of the American Dream that is as sweet as it is unattainable. Steinbeck's intense sympathy for these characters, lost and dislocated i n Depression-era America, creates in this "play-novelette" possibly one of the few real American tragedies (p
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