Dreams Once : Benefits Of Shared Ideals

2590 Words11 Pages
Dreams Deserted: Benefits of Shared Ideals Dreams could easily be considered a prerequisite for conscious thought. All humans have dreams and goals they wish to achieve, but many see dreams as the fantastical, only far-fetched and idle thought. However, dreams could be the sole reason to push for success, to survive and thrive. This may seem like the only benefit of dreams, but the underlying drive to achieve these dreams may yield other benefits. However, the mode of achievement, along with the acceptance of these side benefits determines the overall effect. The culmination of George Milton and Jay Gatsby’s dreams and goals in their respective works, while inherently flawed, push the characters to struggle past their loneliness, even if they end in tragedy. Holding Fast The Dream While the dream of the secluded farm is shared by both George and Lennie, George holds the initial drive and brain power behind the idea. His connection with Lennie is both one of commitment and connection of their dream. When Lennie feels depressed or worried, George frequently repeats the mantra of their dream, comparing them to other farm hands, "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world." (Steinbeck, 1937/1993, p. 13). Their dream’s inherent goal is to reject the conformity and acceptance of loneliness usually exhibited by other ranch hands. This dream places their efforts on the future, instead of the present, possibly allowing them to ignore current hardships.
Open Document