Preview
Preview

Shattered Dreams Essay

No Works Cited
Length: 685 words (2 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Yellow      
Open Document




- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

In a society, everyone has dreams and hopes for their future, but they may not always come true. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is an insightful story that embodies an important message about human desires. Dreams and hopes will be shattered in the face of reality. The relationships between the two main characters, George and Lennie, as well as the character of Curley’s wife’s, support this them. The message can also be seen through the use of setting and symbols in the text.
George and Lennie, like any other migrant workers in the time of this novel, had created their own American dream. The two wanted to be able to “live off the fatta the lan’…an’ have rabbits’ ” (Steinbeck 14) on a little piece of land that they could have for themselves. Their dream seemed like it was going to be easy to achieve; Candy, the old swamper, happily joined their plans and even had money that would help purchase land. As Candy provides new hope for their dreams, it seems like the dream of owning land is within their grasp. But reality strikes, as Lennie’s kindhearted but dangerous nature kills Curle...


Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »







This essay is 100% guaranteed.


Title Length Color Rating  
Shattered Dreams in Stolen Party Essay - Shattered Dreams in Stolen Party In the story "Stolen Party" written by Liliana Heker, a girl’s dreams are shattered by the bitter reality of her destiny. Rosaura spends most of her time trying to convince her mother, as well as everyone at the birthday party, that being an educated girl makes her an equal to everyone at the party. She feels great determination to become a part of her friend Luciana’s lifestyle even though it would be rebelling against her mother’s wishes. Rosaura almost believes she has accomplished this feat until she is harshly brought back to reality and faced with her position in life once again....   [tags: stolen] 590 words
(1.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about Adverstity and Shattered Dreams in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Jane has lived a miserable life since childhood, until she met Edward Rochester. Living a miserable childhood after her parents passed away Jane had to live with her aunt and cousins. Ms. Reed detested her and resented because she was aware of the love that the late Mr. Reed had for Jane. On his deathbed he asked Ms. Reed to take care of Jane like if she was her own child. This angered Ms. Reed because his last words for Jane instead of her, Ms. Reed, or their children....   [tags: Relationships, Past]
:: 1 Works Cited
591 words
(1.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Essay about The Dream Act 2000 and the Story of Carla - Imagine being a child told that you are living in the land of opportunities, where all your dreams can come true. However, these opportunities require that you follow the law, give back to the community, and achieve high standing in school. For one of my friends, this idea was embedded into her mind since she was young and it became her ultimate goal. For the sake of her privacy I will refer to her as Carla throughout the paper. Her parents made the decisions to come to America when she was only three years old....   [tags: undocumented, illegal immigrants, shattered dreams] 1510 words
(4.3 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Role Of Dreams Essay - Are dreams a source of reliable divination. Generations upon generations seem to have thought so. They incubated dreams by travelling afar, by fasting and by engaging in all other manners of self deprivation or intoxication. With the exception of this highly dubious role, dreams do seem to have three important functions: a. To process repressed emotions (wishes, in Freud's speech) and other mental content which was suppressed and stored in the unconscious. b. To order, classify and, generally, to pigeonhole conscious experiences of the day or days preceding the dreaming ("day residues")....   [tags: essays research papers] 2841 words
(8.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Shattered Dream of Communism Essay - Many people all over the world look for an outlet for which they can improve their quality of life. They strive to find the means of transforming their dreams into reality. Communism, to people everywhere, has offered the means for transforming the dream of economic equality into reality, throughout history. Communism, however, like various other political and economic movements in the history of man, has become just another shattered dream. Communism is a political and economic movement brought out to the public in the mid-nineteenth century....   [tags: Communism Essays] 1999 words
(5.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Dying Dreams Essay - Arthur Miller profoundly explores the subject of morality and human values in his two famous plays, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. Though dealing with a common topic , the works contain major differences that help to make them unique. Death of a Salesman describes the tragedy behind shattered dreams and the effects that they bring on entire families. It focuses greatly on illusions created by individuals and the inability of those individuals to except reality. All My Sons, on the other hand, explores the frightening reality of people's insensitivity and their moral values and the illusions created to cover up the tragic reality....   [tags: essays research papers] 1272 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Dreams on of mice and men - Dreams, although often cut off are always necessary to keep the hope of people alive to fight against the inadequacies of the economic and social perils of life. Dreams are one of the most freely experienced actions by humans, and still it is the most rigid and unrealistic thought process that is part of our lives. The dream of most American’s at this time period surrounding the book “Of Mice and Men” was only a large cesspool of dying hopes that were kept alive by wishes and aspirations even without success....   [tags: essays research papers] 1519 words
(4.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Dreams in Of Mice and Men - A Dream can be defined in as an ideal. The American dream is to be able to get by on your own, to be your own boss, to have a little piece of the world that is yours. Of Mice and Men. A 'Dream' can be defined in as an ideal. The American dream is to be able to get by on your own, to be your own boss, to have a little piece of the world that is yours. Throughout 'Of Mice and Men' there are a series of people, whose dreams have been shattered because of something, and then there is George and Lennie's dream, which at first seems plausible but then shatters just like all the others....   [tags: English Literature] 1093 words
(3.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
A Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Essay - A Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman's suicide. Death of a Salesman?is?a search for identity, [Willy?s] attempt to be a man according to the frontier tradition in which he was raised, and a failure to achieve that identity because in [1942] and in [Brooklyn] that identity cannot be achieved. (Gross 321) Willy is a symbolic icon of the failing American; he represents those that have striven for success in society, but, in struggling to do so, have instead achieved failure in the most bitter form....   [tags: Miller Death Salesman Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
2653 words
(7.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Walter Lee's Dreams in A Raisin in The Sun Essay - Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is a play about segregation, triumph, and coping with personal tragedy. Set in Southside Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun focuses on the individual dreams of the Younger family and their personal achievement. The Younger's are an African American family besieged by poverty, personal desires, and the ultimate struggle against the hateful ugliness of racism. Lena Younger, Mama, is the protagonist of the story and the eldest Younger. She dreams of many freedoms, freedom to garden, freedom to raise a societal-viewed equal family, and freedom to live liberated of segregation....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]
:: 1 Works Cited
1409 words
(4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]