Universal Theme: To never give up and give it all you got to succeed
Of Mice and Men
The Scarlet Ibis
“When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him. We were downin Old Woman Swamp and it was spring and the sick- sweet smell of bay flowers hung everywhere like a mournful song. "I'm going to teach you to walk, Doodle," I said."
Doodle is a crippled child that the narrator thought he would never be a normal kid because of his disability. The narrator does not believe in Doodle because he can not do the things a normal healthy person can do. Even though Doodle is crippled the narrator still has hope that he can be as normal as he is. All it needs is a lot of effort.
The Persuit of Happyness
In the movie "The Persuit of Happyness" Christopher Gardner is a very intelligent man that has been abandoned by his wife and has a 5 year old son. He didn't go to college and went to a very small school. Christopher has a job that isn't really going anywhere and can not take care of his son. He has been kicked out of his apartment and even once had to sleep in a subway station bathroom with his son. He then finds an internship at a company and out of over 50 interns only one can get the job. Christopher is a single parent working hard for his son to have a successful life. That is his dream or goal, he dreams his son would have would have a successful life.
"Don't ever let someone tell you that you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you protect it. When people can't do something themselves, they're are gonna tell you that you can't do it. You want something go get it. Period"
This is a quote from the movie. Christopher is explaining to his son to never give up and to give it all you got. To not let anyone stop you from making your dream come true. Also in the movie Christopher ended up getting the job and moving forward. All because he worked hard and achieved his dream.