The Sacrifices of Pursuing a Dream

By: Jacob Escobar

Pursuing A Dream

In the book, "The Great Gatsby." Many people in the story give up many things to purse their dream. One of those sacrifices are people's pride. In many time in this story people give up their pride to fulfill their dream.

Pride

Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.

Cost In The Real World

Cost in the real world is what you give up for something you want. Just like you have to pay money to get the product that you want. The cost of something in the real world is what you give towards what you want. What you give into is what you receive.

Examples:
-Time
-Money
-Pride
-Passion

The Great Gatsby

In the, The Great Gatsby, Nick gives up his pride to pursue his dream of becoming a man and trying to be successful. How he does this is by moving back to the mid-west in chapter 9. Him giving up on becoming a man isn't really happening he is leaving after Gatsby's death and leaving in pride behind him in order to continue his dream. Another example of someone losing their pride in, The Great Gatsby, is when Daisy leaves with Tom and doesn't leave a trace. She leaves her dream of being with Gatsby and follows her promise of being with Tom trying to pursue her dream of happiness and wealth.
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Text Evidence

"You've got to try hard, I can't go through this alone(Fitzgerald 165)."
-This shows how Nick must get through everything that has happened alone and leave his pride of becoming a man behind. He must do it on his own and live in American dream.

"For just a minute I wondered if I wasn't making a mistake, then I thought it all over again quickly and got up to say good-by(Fitzgerald 177)."
-This shows how Nick leaves his girlfriend Jordan Baker and after she tells him she is engaged. He must leave her pride for her behind in order to pursue his dream and want he is wanting. To move back to the mid-west.

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...(Fitzgerald 180)."
-This shows how Gatsby taught Nick how to believe in tomorrow and pursue your

dream and the green just tells you keep going. As Nick leaves for the mid-west that is what he is remembering and doing. Leaving his pride of becoming a man in West Egg and starting new towards his dream.



Was It Worth It

When going after a dream you must give up certain important things in your life. You must be able to withstand the pain and discomfort. It is worth it in the end to give up things to pursue your dream. In the end you can be successful and even some people are not. But all and all you get something out of it within yourself. People sometimes don't see it but in the end of life they do. As in the book Gatsby was at peace and so was Nick. Going to the mid-west was the perseverance of him with in. Yes it is worth it to give up what you do.

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