Synthesis Project

Stability is the cost of pursuing a dream

The Great Gatsby

Stability is the cost of pursuing a dream in The Great Gatsby. By mainly using Jay Gatsby as a prime example, the rich and ever so sophistiated man pursues his dreams by constantly striving for money and luxuries only to impress the love of his life, Daisy. "No phone message arrived...I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn't believe it would come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamilier sky... A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about...like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees," (Fitzgerald, 161) Jay Gatsby worked so hard at pursuing his dream to finally be with Daisy that he lost touch with his mental stability in the sense of how wrapped up he became in his thoughts and dreams of him and Daisy. His overly high beliefs of his and Daisy's future made him loose sight of who he is at points as well as cause him to loose the dream due to misinterpretation of who Daisy really was. Him failing in maintaining his stability by trying to pursue his dream only resorted in heart brake and eventually death.



Inside job

The lower income citizens of the United States experienced loosing their stability when pursuing their dreams of paying off loans given by the banks. The documentary, Inside job further explained the giant financial crisis experienced by many partaking in recieving these loans given by the banks and government. By wanting to peruse this dream, many citizens with lower income took advantage of these loans yet could not pay them off. This caused the citizens to become in debt as well as have the chance of loosing their homes. With this came finical instability for many people of the United States. The amount of people affected by this finical crisis was so intense that the government decided to completely stop giving out these loans. The people who could not afford to pay off these loans lost hope in their dreams of achieveing the money and ended up in an instable situation.


Resource #6: "Wall Street's Great Recession Cost Us All $30 Trillion"

The article, "Wall Street's Great Recession Cost Us All $30 Trillion" talks about how The U.S. government announced sale of 2.4 billion dollars in Citigroup bounds, which marked the ed of Uncle Sam's investment in Wall Street investment banking firms. This caused the U.S. to earn almost 15.5 billion dollars from it. The financial damage on the nation costs the U.S $30 trillion dollars. This U.S. government pursued their dream of making a good investment when it only resulted in loosing stability in the government causing us Americans to pay off the damage inflicted on the nation. This dream cost our nation as a whole to become more weak due to the fact of loss money. "In fact, Americans may want to sit down as the Dallas Federal Reserve offers a final financial loss figure from the economic collapse of 2007-09 and resulting economic stagnation of the past five years." With loss of stability, the U.S. government 's plan with Wall Street's Great Recession back fired in result of attempting to gain more money.
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Amanda Bynes unstable over time with fame

Amanda Bynes known for her popular shows such as She's the Man, What I like about you, Sydney White, Easy A and more has recently been diagnosed with a severe mental illness with schizophrenic tendencies. It is said by her family that Amanda's illness didn't occur until she got caught up in her fame which lead her to a obvious mental break down. In Amanda's journey to pursuing her acting career she lost stability with herself in the process of gaining fame. TMZ adds, "We're told she's aware "theres a good Amanda and a bad Amanda." When she talks about the bad Amanda she almost mimics an exorcism, pulling at her body as if to remove the demon and even biting herself." Amanda known for also getting arrested for a DUI, inappropriate postings on twitter, and phycotic behavior became noticeable to her parents which are attempting to get a conservatorship of Amanda. Many also compare Amanda to Brittany Spears and Lindsay Lohan who both also fell off the deep end due to the many pressures of fame. Amanda's journey with acting all had to come to an end because of the distraction of her mental stability which was developed from pursuing her dream of fame and is now in a hospital regarding these issues.


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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

In the book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins the strict government control is one of the main themes of the series. The government pursues the dream of the Hunger Games to show case it's power of the districts. In the novel, Rebellion comes to play in a couple different ways such as Katiness going against what the government says and continuing to have a relationship with Gale while "married" to Peeta. She also beats the games herself at the end of the book by beating the system with her bow and arrow. The other rebellion theme lyes with the rest of the country going against what the government says which results in horrifying nature. The Capitol's dream is to succeed in the Hunger Games, this novel was the starting point proving their loss of stability in their government due to the hatred of the games they continued to pursue on their people which only declined their power. "My refusal to play the Games on the Capitol's terms is to be my last act of Rebellion. By having so many people going against what they say, the capitol had to change rules to attempt to get what they want out of society which only ended up back firing. This book is the perfect example of how pursuing a dream can cost a government to loose stability due to the fact of rebellion which their dream came to an end because of.


Work Cited

Sydney Pickett


Visco, 5th

AP English

1/7/14


Kingsley, Patrick, and Phillip Inman. "Inside Job: How Bankers Caused the Financial Crisis." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 18 Feb. 2011. Web. 08 Jan. 2014.



"Radar Online." Radar Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2014.



"Amanda Bynes in Psychiatric Hospital -- 10 Hours of Sanity, 1 Hour of Crazy." Http://www.tmz.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2014.



Tamny, John. "The Hunger Games 'Catching Fire' Reveals The Brutal Horrors Of Thuggish Government." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 24 Nov. 2013. Web. 08 Jan. 2014.



"Wall Streets' Great Recession Cost Us All $30 Trillion." The Street. N.p., 12 Sept. 2013. Web. 07 Jan. 2014.