The cost of pursuing a dream:


By: Janina Duer


Pursuing a dream is like following something you desire for yourself in life. Sometimes, these dreams make people do things that they wouldn't normally do and this tends to come with a cost. Sacrifices, like the loss of power, come with this pursuit of a dream especially if it is something that you have always wanted.

Power in The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby

One of the main characters, Jay Gatsby, in The Great Gatsby is one of the richest people in the West Egg, with a life full of luxuries, like his house, his vehicles, his money and most importantly, his power. Throughout his life he has obtained the wealth that he always desired and this has made him a very powerful man. When he was young he fell in love with a girl named Daisy, which came from a wealthy family and made Gatsby want the lifestyle that she had so that he could be with her. Now that he obtained all the power he has always wanted, he thinks that it could help him get to Daisy, who got married to Tom Buchanan. Although he tries to get her to come back into his life through his luxury and power; the power doesn't end up working in his favor because when Nick talks about Gatsby's experience with Daisy it was "as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand." (Fitzgerald 110) His past with Daisy has been holding him back so much that all the power that he had, has disappeared because everything else he had worked for "had gone into loving Daisy." (Fitzgerald 110)

Tom Buchanan

Gatsby isn't the only who has lost power in his pursuit of a dream; tom Buchanan also had to sacrifice power as well. although he has always been with Daisy ever since he married her, Tom's love for Myrtle is holding him back from realizing Gatsby's love for her. At lunch, Daisy "had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw" (Fitzgerald 119), this made him realize that he had no power over what she had been doing with Gatsby and through pursuing his dream with Myrtle, he had lost that power over Daisy.

Power in the real world

People in the real world today, think that when pursuing a dream, there wont be sacrifices that need to be made in order to achieve it. The loss of power economically and morally is one of the greatest challenges that people have had to face; some of them achieved what they dreamed of and some of them failed in the attempt. This loss of power can mean loosing friendships or even people you love.

Sarah, Duchess of York

Sarah, as very important royalty was living in a life of misery when she decided to go after a dream that she had to have a normal life to raise her children. In pursuing that dream she divorced her husband, Prince Charles and a reporter said that when she divorced him "It was hard for her," Brown said. Plus, "she genuinely had to earn a living somehow." (contrast) She lost all power in royalty but accomplished the dream of having a normal life.

Dan Cathy, Owner of Chick-Fil-A

As owner of the fast food restaurant, Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy has set up his restaurant to be one focused on the Lord. His business has gained a lot of power ever since it was established but many people have contradicted his beliefs. and made his business and him in general lose power. He says, ‘Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are. But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles.’ (Chick)

Is attaining a dream really worth this sacrifice?

I strongly believe that throughout the pursuit of a dream, there are going to be many sacrifices that you are going to have to make and challenges you are going to have to face. Although these sacrifices may be worth it, there is a certain limit to them and you have to be strong towards your principals and beliefs. If you don't, then your identity and your values will disappear and the pursuit of your dream wont be focused on the same things.

Bibliography (MLA Format)

"Chick-fil-A: President of fast food chain Dan Cathy OUTS his company as ANTI-GAY - and proud of it | Mail Online." Home | Mail Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. <>.

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

contrast, Brown said, and settled for a tiny sum in the hopes of staying in the family's good graces.. "Sarah Ferguson, Fergie, Duchess of York Scandal: Queen in Crisis Talks With Prince Andrew - ABC News." - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. <>.