The Great Gatsby Project

By: Brandon Kennedy

What is the cost of pursuing a dream?

One cost of pursuing a dream is sacrificing other dreams you had in order to accomplish the one top dream. Throughout the path of chasing your main dream, you will come to find that some other goals of yours aren't as important as fulfilling that one dream.

"And I had a high intention of reading many other books besides." (Fitzgerald 19)

Here is a quote from the book where Nick was talking about his dream of going to college and reading some series of books, "And I had a high intention of reading many other books besides." (Fitzgerald 19) but in order to fulfill his big dream of becoming a well-off, successful human being, he didn't have enough time to get to this small dream, and sacrificed it in order to become successful.

Sacrificing Dreams in order to Achieve the big one

"We need to give up what we know and may be comfortable with, in order to achieve the life of our dreams." (Talbot)

Here is a quote that I found on the internet, and basically what it is saying is that there are going to be sacrifices along the way of achieving your dream. We just have to understand this and be comfortable with giving up some of our previous dreams.

"Just remember that all people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" (Fitzgerald 17)

In this quote, the author suggests that on Nick's path chasing his dream, he should remember that he was born with special surroundings that help his road to achieve this dream be easier. His dad said "Just remember that all people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" (Fitzgerald 17). This would make some of the sacrifices made a little better, knowing that you are more privileged than most.

"The challenge is making the decision to walk away from a life that is comfortable." (Talbot 75)

Here is a quote from the book Dream Save Do, by Warren and Betsy Talbot. They are a couple that write books and help people out on achieving their dreams. The reason I pulled this quote out is because it really expresses the importance of going out of your "comfort level". There are going to be times where you are not used to what you are going through, and you may not be sure you made the right decision, but nothing beats achieving that life long goal of yours. It is worth every sacrifice in the end.

The Cost of Pursuing a Dream

Throughout the book, several different characters all pursue their own dreams. Tom said, "Civilization's going to pieces... I've gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things." (Fitzgerald 25) Even when you are down on things, you have to bear down and achieve the dream. No matter what the surroundings are, you can't let society get in your path.

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