What is the Cost of Pursuing a Dream?

definition: the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health.

A Changed Person

Jay Gatsby sacrifices many things mentally and physically in order to pursue the "American Dream" including sanity. Gatsby begins his obsession with Daisy and it becomes much more visible when "he began asking people casually if they knew her" (Gatsby 79). He starts acting differently and changing his ways so that there might be a bigger chance with Daisy and win her heart over. He changes as a person because he tries so hard to win his dream girl. In Inside Job, it is visible that many Wall Streeters are changed as well. Many of the businessmen start doing drugs such as cocaine and get involved with prostitution. It is shown that cocaine affects the same part of the brain as when one wins or earns money (Inside Job).

Too Much Greed

In Gordon Gekko's Greed Is Good, Gekko argues that greed is essential in order to get what one wants. If one constantly has greed, it can get out of hand causing one to possibly not be himself/herself. Too much of greed can cause one to make insane and bad decisions and actions. Any form of greed such as "greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind" (Greed Is Good). In a sense, Barbara Ehrenreich tries to avoid greed by living of the most basic necessities. She looks for a minimum wage paying job and living conditions that the average American would consider low.

Amanda Bynes

Known for being the star of 'The Amanda Show', Amanda Bynes started her acting career and rise of fame early. After her show ended, Bynes appeared in a couple of movies looking and healthy and normal. Recently, she has brought up attention to herself by posting controversial pictures of herself and strongly opinionated tweets on Twitter. She has become obsessed with herself and her looks and appearance. Bynes has been struggling with her weight and her goal is to be and stay at 100 lbs especially after her mother told her she has never looked better. Her friend who used to room with her says that she suffers from body dysmorphia. Amanda Bynes has lost her sanity especially after her rise to fame. She reportedly said that she never enjoyed acting and her parents forced her to do it. According to her friend, she also talks to herself and has trouble socializing with others. Bynes constantly asks for Adderal and relies on the wrong things. She could possibly be doing these crazy things due to the past fame and crave for more future fame and attention.

Works Cited

Daily Mail Reporter. "'She Told Me She Wanted to Be 100 Pounds': Amanda Bynes' Friend Claims the Star's Troubles Stem from Her Weight Obsession." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 29 July 2013. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <>.

American Rhetoric: Movie Speeches. "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. American Rhetoric: Movie Speeches, n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <>.

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

Inside Job. Dir. Charles H. Ferguson. Sony Pictures Classics, 2010. DVD.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America." Barbara Ehrenreich. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2014. <>.