Our Best Motivator In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Dreams: Our Best Motivator What if you woke up one day where you suddenly knew the future and saw that none of your dreams came true? You probably wouldn’t even want to live anymore, right? This could be the case for everyone, but no one ever knows. In John Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, many characters have dreams like anyone else, but most of theirs are ill-fated. Though they never know how their life will turn out, these characters follow their dream until the very end. Steinbeck shows, through the thoughts and ambitions of his characters, how dreams can fuel people's hope and life even during the roughest of times. Curley's wife may be negatively portrayed in the story, but like anyone else, she has dreams that she wishes to pursue. Towards the end of the story, Curley's wife reveals her past with Lennie and tells him that she "coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes" (88). She wants to be a movie star, but she never receives the letter that would put her in the movies. Paranoid that her mother stole the letter, she marries Curley just to get away—a decision that ends up putting her in…show more content…
They just came out of Weed because Lennie "Jus wanted to feel that girl's dress" (11), but ends up making the girl scream, forcing George and Lennie to flee. Though times are hard for them, they always reference their dream, "An' we gunna have a garden an' a place for the rabbits," (14) throughout the story. With Lennie's mental disability, the duo constantly get into trouble which makes things difficult and forces George to use his skills to bail Lennie out. The constant problems these two face sound grueling, but in the back of their mind is their dream. The dream that helps them get all the way to the very end, "George raised the gun.... Lennie begged ‘Le's get that place now’"(106). George grants Lennie his dreams while also ending any further trouble he will
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