The protagonist’s hopes for her future drive the story of the novel. She has an image of true love and she strives to attain it. A person’s dreams for his or her future are often presented as romantic and idealistic, symbolic of one’s naïve childhood. In this text, dreams also have lives of their own – coming into being, living, changing, and dying – with the experiences of the dreamer.
In this novel, women have idealistic dreams while men dream more realistically; for example, Janie never gives up on finding perfect, true love, while Logan’s and Joe’s lifelong goals focus on obtaining material wealth and power.