Dreams - of mice and men and death of a salesman

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Explore the ways that Arthur Miller and John Steinbeck use dreams in Of Mice and Men and Death of a Salesman – Dreams are used throughout Death of a Salesman and Of Mice and Men. Both authors Miller and Steinbeck use dreams but from different perspective, different context and different backgrounds. John Steinbeck, before he became an author worked in a farm as a farm labourer and also worked at a sugar plant and a was a fruit picker in the West of America, in California, where most of his inspiration for his books such as The Pearl, East of Eden and Of Mice and Men took place. It was from the people on the farms that help influence his characters, additionally Steinbeck’s experiences of working at these farms had made him ask the question of ‘Can People achieve their personal dream in life’? Arthur Miller was from a wealthy family until 1929 in the Wall Street crash when his family lost all their fortune. As a consequence of this, his family moved away to Brooklyn. Miller helped his family out by delivering bread to help pay back what his family once had. It was because of this event that Miller wrote his plays, mainly about his past. He uses dreams to illustrate what his family wanted after the Wall Street crash. The American Dream is a dream of a piece of land or property in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. The American Dream is a major part of the lives in Death of a Salesman, and Of Mice and Men characters. Both books use the American Dream but portray the dreams differently. The main dream in Of Mice and Men is of the characters George, Lennie and Candy going out west and finding a piece of land that they can work on and not have to be bossed around. Miller used this dream to express George and Lennie’s further by showing that George actually cares about Lennie and wants to protect him from trouble and therefore buying some land would be a good way of...
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