For Every One Themes & Motifs

Jason Reynolds
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Dreams

Throughout the novel, Reynolds returns again and again to the idea of dreams, as he makes the impassioned argument for following one’s dreams. Rather than specify one particular dream, the poem focuses on the abstract concept of dreams. The reader never learns about the particular dream that the speaker himself is pursuing, nor does the speaker advocate for particular dreams above others. Rather, the poem suggests that all dreams are valuable. Often, this argument is made quite explicit, such as the moment in the text when Reynolds states that, “DREAMS AREN’T RESERVED FOR THE CREATIVES” (72). This explicit acknowledgment of the diversity of dreams refocuses the narrative away from the question of particular dreams, and onto the importance of having a dream--whatever dream that may be.

The poem seems more interested in promoting the importance of the attempt to achieve, rather than the achievement itself...

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