Pursuing the American Dream

What is The cost of Pursuing this Dream?


Destruction of humanness

The cost of pursuing a dream can cause a human to lose sight of humanity. In the book, "The Great Gatsby", Jay Gatsby lost sight of humanity. He became so obsessed with the idea of him and Daisy, that it caused him to make decisions out of greed instead of making humane decisions. His goal was to acccumulate more money and possessions than anyone else in hopes that daisy would love him. The greed of him only loving one thing in this world, Daisy, caused him to have only a slim few at his funeral "But it wasn't any use. Nobody came." (Fitzgerald, 174).

Frederic Mishkin is a professor at Columbia business school. He is interviewed in the documentary called "Inside Job". throughout this interview Mishkin looks very flustered and stutters on a lot of his answers. During the documentary it talks about how iceland is in poor economic shape. Mishkin wrote a paper about the Iceland economy and titled it "Financial Stability in Iceland". These two things did not add up. The economy in Iceland was not good but Mishkin wrote a paper about how it was good? The reason Mishkin was pushed to write this paper was because he was greedy. He was chasing after the thing he loved the most and that was money. "Frederic Mishkin was paid $124,000 by the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce to write his paper" (Inside Job).

Gordon Gekko, in his speech "Greed is Good" from the movie "Wall Street", talks about how he thinks greed is good. "The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed -- for a lack of a better word -- is good" (Gekko). Yes, greed can be good in some situations. But when is greed taken to far? Jay Gatsby and Frederic Mishkin are epitomes of taking greed to far. They took their greed so far that it ended up hurting them and others.

Destruction of Humanness

In "The Great Gatsby" Wilson lost his humanity in order to murder Jay Gatsby. "The chauffeur ---he was one of Wolfsheim's proteges---heard the shots" (Fitzgerald,161) He followed through with his plan even though he had little truth and knowledge about who really killed his wife. Wilson was blinded by the task at hand and lost humanness at the hands of revenge.

In "The Lord of the Flies" one of the main characters named Jack loses his humanness "[Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling" (Golding, 58). After taking the group from the humane acting Ralph. Jack decided that it was best to kill. Jack wanted to be the leader so bad that he lost sight of humanity and even brain washed the others in his group to want to kill others. He told the others that they would be viewed as a "hero" if they could kill Ralph.

The CEO's who made millions while screwing the economy over lost their humanity. They made tons of americans financial situations terrible. they caused the economy to lose a "tally that comes in at $30 trillion" (O'Connell, 5). These people went on with their normal lives and didn't care at all about other peoples financial situations because either way they would still find another job and would be rolling in their millions they made from bonuses.

By: Jake Shumate

Works Cited

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1953. Print.

O'Connell, Brain. "Wall Streets' Great Recession Cost Us All $30 Trillion." The Street. N.p., 12 Sept. 2013. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. <http://www.thestreet.com/story/12034529/1/wall-street-recession-cost-us-all-30-trillion.html>.

"American Rhetoric: Movie Speech: Wall Street - Gordon Gekko Addresses Teldar Shareholders - Greed Is Good." American Rhetoric: Movie Speech: Wall Street - Gordon Gekko Addresses Teldar Shareholders - Greed Is Good. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2014. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechwallstreet.html>.

Inside Job. Dir. Charles H. Ferguson. Perf. Matt Damon. 2010. Documentary.