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Dreams and aspirations

Hi I have an essay about dreams and aspirations as my homework. Is there any corrections I should make? I’m a very bad writer so I need lots of help. Anything is appreciated.
Essay . Deadline 2019-12-10

People all have dreams and aspirations whether they are realistic or not. For example, in Of Mice and Men, a novel written by John Steinbeck, the characters George and Lennie have a dream to own a farm and live peacefully. In the short story The Necklace, written by Guy de Maupassant, the characters Mathilde and Loisel have a dream to become prosperous. 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. These two texts both represent positivities and negativities on dreams and aspirations but have differences in how they’re expressed.

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. Unless they get lucky it most likely will not happen.

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 pay it back. Latigo from Lifehack writes, “You’ll get negative results if you let your dream take over and control you.” (Latigo 2). This shows that a dream isn’t always good if it’s too big and demanding as seen with Mathilde. A big dream might have the ability to motivate someone, but may also have an opposite effect which leads to pressure. She went to the dance because she wanted to feel wealthy but ended up losing the necklace which ended up in 10 years of debt. Mathilde stated, “‘I have-I have-I’ve lost Madam Forestier’s necklace,’ she cried” (Maupassant 9). Her actions in attending the dance led her to lose the necklace because was intoxicated with her dream. However, if the dream doesn’t control the dreamer than it can be used as a great way for motivation or focus. From the website Wanderlust Worker, Kannat writes, “Don’t be afraid to dream big, because it will alter your focus. It will help to adjust your way of thinking to push you forward rather than hold you back” (Kannat 2). This illustrates that the dream can be used as a source of motivation and focus, like after they lost the necklace. They started working extremely hard to pay off the debt because their focus at the time was to pay off the debt which proves that the dream can be used for focus. 

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.