Of Mice and Men

By: Isabel Guerra

In Mice and Men one of the themes were “The American Dream” Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men admit, at one point or another, to dreaming of a different life. Before she died, Curley’s wife confesses her desire to be a movie star. Crooks, bitter as he is, allows himself the pleasant fantasy of hoeing a patch of garden on Lennie’s farm one day, and Candy latches on desperately to George’s vision of owning a couple of acres. Before the action of the story begins, circumstances have robbed most of the characters of these wishes. Curley’s wife, for instance, has resigned herself to an unfulfilling marriage. What makes all of these dreams typically American is that the dreamers wish for untarnished happiness, for the freedom to follow their own desires. George and Lennie’s dream of owning a farm, which would help them to maintain themselves, and, most important, offer them protection from an inhospitable world, represents a average American ideal. Their journey, which awakens George to the impossibility of this dream, sadly proves that the bitter Crooks is right such paradises of freedom, contentment, and safety are not to be found in this world. Overall they all had a dream.

The theme of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare was trying to say that power can corrupt anyone. Julius Caesar is headed for absolute power. He becomes a threat to the values of Roman Republic, so he gets voted off the Island. He has a chance on getting crowned king so he gets assassinated before he gets the crown. His death caused a civil war as two factions with questionable motives grab for power, chaos ensues and the Republic is never the same again. The literary elements that were used were conflict and point of view. " Why man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves. men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault dear Brutus is not in ourselves but in ourselves, that we are underlings." That quote talks about power. another quote is " Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look He thinks too much such men are dangerous.