Dreams and Reality
do you have any? Of Coarse you do; everyone does. Everyone has
dreams and personal desires that they would wish to fulfill. Dreams provide us with
something to look forward to in life and they even sometimes comfort us: but these can
often be misleading in reality. Dreams could be within your grasp one minute but slither
away and demolish the next. This is portrayed in the novel Of Mice and Men by John
Steinbeck, the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and the movie Cop Land
directed by James Mangold.
Shattered dreams can often lead to shattered hearts. In the novel Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck, many examples of this statement are depicted through out the novel.
Two companions, George Milton and Lennie Small, have a dream of owning a small
piece of land and a house
a place that they can call home. This small simple dream
means everything to them. Candy, their co-worker, also joins them and their dream to
have their own home one day. They work hard as barley buckers to earn money for their
dream. Lennie, despite having the size and brawn of three men, has the mentality of a
Child. His naïve strength leads him to the murder of his boss's promiscuous wife (who
also had aspiring dreams of becoming an actor). George is then faced with the dilemma to
kill Lennie before other men brutally slaughter Lennie. One could only imagine how
much that shattered George. The dream that George, Lennie and Candy shared was nice
and simple, but it made them drift away from the reality in order to fulfill an empty part
of life they felt and one mistake lead to shattered dreams along with shattered hearts.
Shattered hearts relates to another case of drifting away from reality. Romeo and
Juliet: Shakespeare's famous play about two lovers whose dreams about being together
are broken because they drifted away from the reality that they could never be together in
the first place. In this play, Romeo and Juliet play two lovers who are condemned to be
together because their families are at war. Despite this, they still continue their ill-fated
affair and plan to settle together one day. Juliet's happiness relies on Romeo and Romeo's
happiness relies on Juliet. They comfort each other with the thought of one day being
married and growing old together as they continue to be lovers. This all comes to a brutal
destruction when Romeo believes that Juliet is dead and he commits suicide. In reality,
Juliet was only under the influence of a poison she had taken in order to avoid a marriage
her father had demanded and arranged for her. Juliet awoke to Romeo's dead body and
then she committed suicide as well. Romeo and Juliet truly did love each other but their
ill-starred love had no chances of working out right from the beginning. Romeo and Juliet
relied on something hopeless to solace their dream of one day being together and due to
this, their love and lives came to an end. Their stimulation away from reality had it's
Speaking of shredded dreams, in the movie Cop Land directed by James Mangold,
a character named Freddy Heflin is another character that could relate to the topic.
Nobody ever said that choosing between your morals and dreams could be easy
but sometimes your morals could be proven to be worth more. Freddy plays an aging
sheriff with smashed dreams faced with a moral dilemma he doesn't know how to solve.
Freddy wanted to be in the NYPD but his hearing disorder crippled that decision. Cop Land is a film about a small town that corrupt New York City cops have made their
haven. In many ways Freddy idolizes these big time New York cops but at the same time
he is aware of the wrong things they do, which he does not agree with. Freddy progresses
as the movie continues and he develops a sudden motivation to do the right thing...
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