The cost of pursuing a dream

To pursue a dream, many people sacrifice who they used to be by becoming someone their not, costing their reputation. In The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters change their ways to impress and pursue other certain things. Jay Gatsby for one, he took jobs and participated in events that led him to enormous pounds of money in order to be what Daisy wanted in hopes of being with her once more. Since Gatsby didn't take the time to get to know his peers "wild rumors" (Fitzgerald 101), were constantly the chatter of the town. Some say "he killed a man" (Fitzgerald 44), and other say he was a "German spy" (Fitzgerald 44). In a similar way, character, Flynn Rider, from Disney's animated movie Tangled, spent his time stealing the crown of the lost princess to become rich. This action only costed him the reputation of theft which led the whole kingdom looking out for the sight of him so that he could be "hung for his crimes."

Actions play a huge role in changing ones reputation, as well as speech. In many cases people lie, to take themselves to the top. Documentary, Inside Job is the film that exposes the "shocking" truth behind the "economic crisis of 2008". Involved with Inside Job, Wall Streets' Great Recession also gave the US a "loss" (O'Connell 2) of trillions of dollars. The Wall Street Recession also coincided with this economic crisis. Private actions and expenses were made by what seemed to be the "Wall Street government" The companies involved in the financial services repeatedly said "we wont do it again, trust us," but they continued to allow the US to decrease in employment, a rise in taxes and debt. This leads to America looking negatively on the companies involved. In a more childlike way, The Boy Who Cried Wolf is the famous short story of a little boy who repeatedly lied about seeing a wolf near the sheep, each time he shouted "wolf!" villagers came, but no wolf was found. When the time came that a wolf actually appeared by the sheep, no one came running out to help. The little boy made it possible for the villagers to not believe a lie the boy cried, even if it was the truth. In conclusion, Wall Street and The Boy Who Cried Wolf lost the trust of many people, concluding that they damaged their reputation with others.