The characters George and Lennie from the story Of Mice and Men have a dream to own their own land to start a farm, which motivates them to pursue it against all odds as stated in the article The Pros and Cons of Goal Setting. In this article, Lim describes how dreams motivate people. “When the goals you set are what you truly want where they are backed with strong and emotional purposes, plus that you make them exciting, you will be automatically pulled toward them” (Lim 3). This illustrates that dreams positively affect George and Lennie because it gives them a will to keep pursuing their dream, which excites them. They are both tied to the dream emotionally because it’s a dream that they have established with each other for a long time. Lennie states, “Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you” which makes it clear as day that they have a strong emotional attachment to each other (Steinbeck 14). They trust each other to the point where it’s almost instinctual. But, although they trust each other so much and have a dream, the dream that they picture is too big. Crooks, another character from Of Mice and Men states, “Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody never gets no land” which explains that from his experience, no one has ever gotten land (Steinbeck 74). He has lived in the same migrant farm for many years and hasn’t seen a single person get a piece of land, which means that the dream is extremely unreasonable.
In the story The Necklace the character Mathilde aspires to become wealthy but intoxicated by her dream, she fails miserably because she loses a necklace at a ball when simulating the feeling of wealth. This led her into extreme debt which led both of them ended up working hard for 10 years to
The characters George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men and Mathilde and Loisel from The Necklace each have a strong will to achieve their dreams and try their best but have problems that eventually get in the way of their dream. In the end, George and Lennie were motivated by their dream, they were still crushed by it because they ended up being too ambitious in pursuing their dream. Mathilde and Loisel have a dream to become wealthy but was ruined by the loss of the necklace because Mathilde was tempted by the dream of wealth. In conclusion, dreams and aspirations can have both a positive or negative effect depending on how they get interpreted by the audience.