Identity

What is the cost of pursuing a dream?

Great Gatsby

In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for Nick Carraway pursuing his dream cost him his identity. After Nick had moved to west egg and started to become friends with the higher social class and seeing the way that they lived, Nick started to loose touch with who he really was, a honest and caring person. Because Nick was "inclined to reserve all judgements" he had become a person of complete trust for the people around him which "made [him] the victim of not a few veteran bores" (Fitzgerald 1). But as he pursued his new lifestyle his identity of being an honest man changed since he knew of things that were happening around him that were not right but stills chose to not say anything.


Inside Job

In the movie Inside Job most Wall Street businessmen shared the same dream, that of being a millionaire and having an extremely luxurious life. On the way to the pursue of this dream most will do anything to achieve their dreams including loosing or changing their identities. These businessmen will first go into Wall Street being loving husbands and caring friends but after time will start changing who they are in the pursue of money. They'd change into men who use drugs often, would also sleep with prostitutes and go home to their wives later and are also willing to steal others people hard earned money.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson a very famous pop singer and known as the "King of pop" started to pursue his dream of being a famous singer with his brothers at a very young age. As his career developed Jackson's dream changed and he went to the extremes of changing his identity in order to chase them. Jackson was born a medium brown color but as he reached his early 20's his skin had started to get lighter, it had seem as if Jackson was "bleaching his skin and changing his features to appear European". Jackson had also started to change his face features to pursue this dream of looking more European, he had gotten a nose job, "a forehead lift, cheekbone surgery, altered his lips, and had a cleft put in his chin."


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Serving Florida

In Serving Florida Barbara Ehrenreich isn't really pursuing a dream but is more doing an experiment of a what it would be like if she were to be doing so. In this experiment Ehrenreich changes her identity of being a "consumer, thoughtlessly throwing money around in exchange for groceries and movies and gas, to being a worker in the very same places" (Ehrenreich 1). For Ehrenreich the cost of pursuing this dream/experiment costs her, her identity for she changes who she is in order to to live another life.


Works cited

Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. "Chapter I." The great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. 1. Print.


Inside Job

Inside job. Dir. Charles Ferguson . Perf. Ben Bernanke. Sony pictures home entertainment [éd.], 2010. Blu-Ray.


Michael Jackson

"Skin color ." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 8 Jan. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson's_health_and_appearance#Cosmetic_procedures_and_diet>.


"Cosmetic procedures and diet." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 8 Jan. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson's_health_and_appearance#Cosmetic_procedures_and_diet>.


Serving Florida

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2001. Print.