Similarities Between Of Mice And Men And The Great Gatsby

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What keeps people motivated every day to keep going? A topic of the two stories, Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby is dreams, dreams that keep people moving and surviving. Every character in these two stories has a dream that they hope to reach like a goal of theirs. In the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, three boys all have the dream of soon living on a farm "An’ live off the fatta the lan’ " (Steinbeck 16). In the other story The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby's dream is to get the attention of the woman he used to be with, he wanted to be with her and marry her. In Of Mice and Men the boys Lennie, George and soon Candy all have a shared dream of living on a farm and owning their own land where they can …show more content…

George describes how they would live on this farm to Candy and Lennie alone in their bunk, "An' we could have a few pigs… All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk… we'd have a little house an' a room to ourself.” (Steinbeck 59) The small speech George makes describing how they could live, realizing how close to this dream they possibly are. This dream keeps Lennie working and staying with George because he wants to pet animals whenever he can without hurting them because this was promised from George. This dream keeps George moving because he's been working and moving jobs for …show more content…

Gatsby has a dream of being with Daisy for the rest of their lives because he once had her and lost her because he had to leave her to fight in war. And once he came back he did everything he could to get the attention of Daisy and try to win her back. He lived across the water to see her house every night and day and threw parties hoping to get her attention and see her. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night,’ went on Jordan, ‘but she never did. Then he began asking people casually if they knew her” (Fitzgerald 85) This quote is Nick describing how he thought Gatsby was thinking about the parties and why Gatsby wanted to get to know himself, Nick. Gatsby has tried many things to get over Daisy and stop obsessing over her, but everytime he realizes everything he does is for her, and he still loves Her. “I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time.” (Fitzgerald 140) He can't stop thinking of her and he can't forget her. It keeps Gatsby moving to achieve Daisy's love. His main goal was to get Daisy back because he could never stop loving

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