Nature of Dreams

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“Of Mice and Men” Essay Plan

Choose a novel in which characters from minority groups contribute to the theme of dreams and explain how they do so. You should analyse the dream, explain why it doesn’t come true and identify which minority group they belong to.


Remember you must mention the following in your introduction:

T - Title of the text
A - Author
G - Genre (novel/play/poem)
L - Link back to question
Brief summary of the novel

Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck tells the story of two ranch-hands traveling across America during the Great Depression. George and Lennie’s dream of owning their own land soon… ….author cleverly uses characters from these minority groups in order to demonstrate how they too contribute to the theme of dreams.

Paragraph One - Candy

• Represents the elderly • Dreams of job security, stability and of being a valued member of society • Is part of George and Lennie’s dream of owning their own place –a small farm • Dream is ruined because Lennie kills Curley’s wife • The shooting of his dog is a metaphor of some people’s attitudes towards the elderly

Important Quotes: • Reveals he will soon be fired and asks to be a part of George and Lennie’s dream (p.88-89) • Likens himself to his dog (p.88) • Dream ends because he knows George won’t go through with it without Lennie (p.131) • Blames Curley’s wife for his dream ending (p.132)

Topic Sentence: Reflects the words of the task and the focus of the paragraph. Steinbeck uses the character of Candy to represent the elderly in the novel. Context: Give the context of your quote. In other words, introduce it. Don’t just quote out of nowhere! Candy is an old man who works on the ranch due to losing his hand in a horrific accident. He confides in George his fear of being fired: Quote: Self-explanatory!
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