John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

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While novels are not written in truth, they generally have a theme with a plot that includes a dilemma or conflict that the reader can identify with. Generally, a valuable lesson in life is learned or an important theme is reflected upon. In the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the main characters struggle to find their way while holding on to their personal dreams. Similarly, in the article, “A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country” by Ying Ying Yu, the narrator struggles to attain her dreams that were imposed on her through her family and country. Chinese students are held to very high standards, and they have only one dream, which is to be successful in the eyes of their family and country. John Steinbeck 's Of Mice and Men and the article by Ying Ying Yu both demonstrate how people view their dreams, what they do about it, and how they feel about their choices to chase a dream. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have dreams of buying their own farm; whereas in the article, Yu dreamed of becoming a gardner. George and Lennie had a better chance of having their dreams come true than Yu. They want to live independently and without judgment from others. To them, success is living off the land and not having anyone to report to. In contrast, in “A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country,” early on, Yu was taught to work toward pleasing her family by excelling in school. That was the priority. In Yu’s article she states, “Only duty will offer me…

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