The cost of pursuing a dream:
By: Janina Duer
Power in The Great 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)
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.
He uses his mansion to draw Daisy closer to him by being amazed by the luxury.
He tries to use his money to get Nick to bring Daisy to dinner.
He hosts very large parties hoping that he can get Daisy to come to one.
Power in the real world
Sarah, Duchess of York
Dan Cathy, Owner of Chick-Fil-A
Is attaining a dream really worth this sacrifice?
Bibliography (MLA Format)
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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." ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. <http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Media/fergie-duchess-york-scandal-queen-crisis-talks-prince/story?id=10731971#.UNKUJ29fCSo>.