The Cost of Pursuing a Dream

Sacraficing Family Relationships

Austin Acuff

Nick Carraway

In the "Great Gatsby" Nick sacrifices his family relationship to move to New York and pursue the Stock business. Nick is the narrator and he says that “I decided to go east and learn the bond trade”(Fitgerald3) which meant he would leave the middle west and his family and pursue his dream of the bond business. Nick had to work out a deal with his father and his “Father agreed to finance me for a year, and after various delays I came east, permanently, I thought, in the spring of twenty two.

Daisy Buchanan

In “The Great Gatsby” Daisy Buchanan also sacrifices her relationship with her family to move with her husband. Daisy really misses Chicago and when she sees Nick for the first time she asks him “Do they miss me? She cried ecstatically”(Fitzgerald 9). She makes a lot of sacrifices in the book Specifically when “They had spent a year in France for no particular reason and then ended up hear”(Fitzgerald6) in East Egg. Daisy makes many sacrifices but in the book she really highlights the fact that she misses her family

Real World Examples

I believe Sacrificing Family Relationships happens a lot in this modern time because We are still moving with our new family’s around the world and also more than ever we are going to college farther and farther away from our family’s. Amie Gordon the writer of the greater good website says that sacrafice is required in life and in relationships she specifically says that “sacrifice can be life-changing, such as deciding to move to a different state”(Gordon).

Amie Gordon also talks about the motivation of moving,” Are you moving cross-country to make your partner happy and keep your relationship going—or are you simply trying to avoid conflict?”(Gordon) this reminds me of Daisy and Tom’s situation on how they keep on roaming from place to place, Its never really explained why this is but you can easily come to a conclusion that they were moving to simply avoid contact. We can conclude this because It’s easy for Tom to move because he has the money and he acknowledges that marrying Daisy was a mistake.

Is It Worth It?

I believe the dream is worth it because you have to make sacrafices in your life and if it can make you better in life its defintly worth it. We all make sacrafices everyday whether it’s as small as helping a friend to moving to a new state alone to pursue a job or dream. Going to college can be viewed as a sacrifice because you are going there without your family in most cases to pursue the job career you want to be, which comes with no guarantee that you will be able to do it and become successful.

Works Cited Page

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

Gordon, Amie M.. " When Are You Sacrificing Too Much in Your Relationship? | Greater Good." Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. <>.

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