Dreams versus Reality in Literature

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DREAMS VERSUS REALITY 2 People have this idea of what they are going to do when they grow up. Everyone has an image of what they’ll be doing. When I was in third grade, I had a classic fairytale of becoming an astronaut. That is all I ever talked about. Everyone’s dreams shift and change throughout their lives. Everyone has a different version of "the life", whether it is to have a big house, their dream, job and a successful family; or living on a farm with rabbits, a large vegetable garden, and acres of land. People may dream one thing, but they will almost end up having an alternative version of “the life”. I think that it is fascinating how people may have dreams of their perfect life, and looking at how they either succeed or not succeed based off of their actions. There are two different types of dreamers in this world. There are the ones that are stuck in their own dreams, and never face reality, and then there are those who try to live their dreams through other people. As George from Of Mice And Men would say : “Some dreams involve a farm of one’s own; some dreams involve “cathouses” and “pool rooms”” (Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck) One good example of someone that is stuck in their dreams is Lennie from of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Lennie’s dream of "the life" is to live on a few acres of land with rabbits that he can feed, tend to and pet. The trouble that Lennie has is that he is a big man that doesn’t understand the concept of a soft touch and tends to pet things too hard and kill them. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman lives his dream through his sons. One of Willy's sons, Biff, wa... ... middle of paper ... ...-dreams-and-goals/ Steinbeck, J. Of mice and men. New York. Penguin Books: 1993 The American Novel . Literary Timeline . Novels . THE GREAT GATSBY | PBS. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americannovel/timeline/thegreatgatsby.html The Grapes of Wrath Characters | GradeSaver. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.gradesaver.com/the-grapes-of-wrath/study-guide/character-list/ The Great Gatsby Theme Quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/quotes.html DREAMS VERSUS REALITY 9 The Great Gatsby: Summary & Analysis Chapter 8 | CliffsNotes. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/g/the-great-gatsby/summary-and-analysis/chapter-8 SparkNotes: The Great Gatsby: Plot Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/summary.html
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