The Cost of Pursuing a Dream

By: Adrian De la Garza

What is the cost of pursuing a dream?

There are many costs of pursuing a dream, but a main cost of pursuing one is friendships. While a person puts in all their time and work on pursuing their dream, friendships begin to fade away since there is no time for them anymore. Following your dreams is a costly things that can get rid of a lot of important thing in one's life, but one that really pays its toll is friendships.


Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby has had a long dream of becoming rich, powerful, and famous. All he did was for Daisy and his relationship with her. During his road to becoming powerful and rich, Gatsby made a lot of new friendships, but not ones that mattered as much as the ones he lost. Friendships like the one he had with Daisy before he left to pursue his dream. When he realized Daisy was his dream,"[she] tumbled short of his dreams" (Fitzgerald 95).


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"Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead" (Fitzgerald 169).

Inside Job

In the Inside Job documentary, 5 investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch were corrupting the economy causing them to go bankrupt leading to The Great Recession. The CEO's of these companies who's dream was to get to Wall Street and be big financiers in companies like these risked a lot. A lot of friendships were destroyed in the process of trying to cheat innocent people in order to make more money. Most of them probably lost friends because of the hate presented to them by the public for causing the huge bankruptcy all around the U.S. Friendships between these companies were also broken and forgotten because of the huge competition to be the very best.


Serving in Florida

Author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich goes out to try and achieve the goal of living off minimum wage in America. Her “dream” is to be able to live comfortably and provide for herself by working a job that pays barely 6 or 7 dollars an hour. To do this, she must work so many hours a week in order to just make rent at the end of the money. With the high demand for her to get hours, she is never able to form relationships with anyone because of the lack of time she has to actually live a life. Relating to the real world, many people come from all over the world to try and start a better life in America. Often times they are only able to work the low paying jobs. How do they manage to provide for themselves and their families, while at the same time maintaining a relationship with friends and family? The cost of pursuing a dream of living in America may ultimately cost one’s relationship with their family.


Gordon Gekko: "Greed is Good"

Gekko talks out to the crowd to let people know of a brief explanation of the business side of corporations such as Teldar Paper which he has included as one of his examples. He risked his friendship with Mr. Cromwell when he got up there and embarrassed him of only owning 1 percent of the company and how investing in Tedlar Papers would be a big mistake.


Last But Not Least

Romeo and Juliet

In the movie, as well as the book, both Romeo and Juliet have the same dream once they finally got the chance to meet each other, which is to be with each other. However, coming from two different rival families this dream becomes nearly impossible with the disapproval of Romeo and Juliet's parents. Relationships are ruined as Romeo and Juliet fight for their love due to the amount of betrayal and hurt that comes along with their decision to be together. In the end, the most important relationship is ruined when Romeo kills himself thinking Juliet is dead, which led Juliet to kill herself as well. This relates to The Great Gatsby based on the risks the main characters are willing to take in order to pursue their dream for a loved one, even if the cost is high in the end.


MLA Citations

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.


Inside Job. Dir. Charles H. Ferguson. Perf. Sony Pictures Home Entretainment, 2011. DVD.


Shakespeare, William. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. New York: Washington Square Press, 1959.


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"American Rhetoric: Movie Speech: Wall Street - Gordon Gekko Addresses Teldar Shareholders - Greed is Good." American Rhetoric: Movie Speech: Wall Street - Gordon Gekko Addresses Teldar Shareholders - Greed is Good. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechwallstreet.html>.