2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Analyzing the Characters' Dreams in Of Mice and Men
Julie C. Denton
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Of Mice and Men is a book full of symbolism and dreams. Based on Freud’s explanation of dreams, I will critically analyze the dreams of the characters within this book. Lennie and George, the two main characters, talk about their dream of independence throughout the entire novel. This dream is based on the simplicity of owning a farm with animals and just enough to provide for themselves. Both characters talk about wanting to have childhood related things. The author uses these dreams to convey the emotions and experiences that the characters missed out on during childhood. These dreams control the characters and their actions. The dreams are what drive them and allow the reader to identify with these individuals. The dreams of these characters can be interpreted and supported through Freud’s theory and allow for a deeper read into the human psyche they possess.

Keywords: dreams, Freud, character, analysis

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-2
Location: OP 2113
Time: 10:00 am

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