Three major examples inside the novel show this idea. The first example is Candy’s loss of his dog and following George and Lennie’s dream of owning land. A second example is Crook’s memory of his father’s chicken ranch. Anothert example is George’s and Lennie’s dream of having their own place. These three examples show the theme that having high aspirations breed hope, friendship, and determination, allowing one to strive onward with a sense of self-worth or importance.
Candy’s loss of his dog and joining George and Lennie’s dream of owning land shows how a shared dream can spread hope and friendship. After the death of the dog, Candy expresses a deep sense of loss. He is so empty inside. When Candy hears George and Lennie talking about owning a piece of land Candy’s emptiness begins to fill up with the idea George and Lennie share. Candy tells George, “Tell you what-. . .Spose I went in with you guys. Tha’s three hundred an’ fifty bucks I put in”. George’s reaction makes Candy spill his soul out to George. When he tells George that he would ‘make a will an’ leave his share to Lennie and George”. George and Lennie let Candy share their dream and this gives hope, later when Candy is constantly “figurin’ and figurin'” because of his excitement about the “ranch”. Candy develops a friendship