Dreams and Reality

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Romeo and Juliet Pages: 5 (876 words) Published: May 6, 2007
Dreams and Reality

Dreams…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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