Happiness in Life and Death

Stephanie Alexander Henson 5

The Cost of a Dream

When pursuing a dream, one is basically putting their life on the line. If the dream is fulfilled, life as you know it will ultimately change, whether it be your surroundings, lifestyle etc. When you are pursuing a dream, you are giving it everything you have, no matter what the outcome might be because you want it so bad.

"A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes" - Cinderella

Death and Tragedy

Myrtle Wilson from The Great Gatsby paid for her dream of being with Tom with her life in all sense of the word. Myrtle running after Tom's car thinking he was driving, died in a crime of passion, being hit by the yellow "death car as the newspapers called it" driven by Tom's wife Daisy. "..it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend." (Fitzgerald 137)

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and shared with the world. He wanted prejudice and discrimination to be no longer a practice of society. Black and whites were to be untied, it was time to "lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."

His dream, him speaking his wishes and hopes for America were heard, but even though one person did not agree of his views or of him, King Jr. was shot for pursuing his dream. His life was taken, but his legacy will forever last.

Double lives

Walter White's dream was for his family to have enough money to get by after he would be consumed by lung cancer. Over time, greed and power got in the way of his 'heartfelt intentions'. After being one of the most wanted men by the DEA in the Southwest region of America and the most sought after being in the drug world to make crystal blue meth, his low key middle class average American life on Negra Arroyo lane was now in the past. Attempting to keep this double life a secret from his family, especially his DEA agent brother-in-law, could only be under wraps for so long until the last final shoot out.

The documentary, Inside Job, about America's highest firms and banks turning their back on a nation for their own personal greed. Having this double life from not only their families and friends, but their clients and government, was how these greedy business men paid for their dream of wealth.

Barbara Ehrenreich in her book "Nickel and Dimed", started a new beginning from scratch. Instead messing around illegally while being at the top of a business and simply being greedy, she traded "from being a consumer, thoughtlessly throwing money around" to a mindset of "trailer trash" has become, for me, a demographic category to aspire to." She would have to face a new reality and ways to live to fulfill her experiment.

Money, love, and success are the common dreams and these people have paid for it with their lives. Not all necessarily dying, but their life as they knew it was no longer.