"THE GREAT GATSBY'S DREAMS"

Compassion by Mercedes Rodriguez Gomez

Dreams are made for accomplish them but sometimes the desire to get them make us commit selfish acts


In this book all the characters are pursuing a dream. Some of them succeed but others just have a completely different ending.

What is compassion?

A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering, acording to dictionarie.reference´s definition.

We are going to analyze this feeling in two characteres of The Great Gatsby


Jay Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a self-made man who started out with no money, only a plan for achieving his dream. He is so blinded by his luxurious possessions that he does not see that money can not buy love or happiness. Fitzgerald demonstrates how a dream can become corrupted by one’s focus on acquiring wealth, power, and expensive things.

His dream was have Daisy by his side and live a life away from Tom. Jay Gatsby had a dream, be with Daisy forever, and he was motivated that he could do something to convince Daisy to leave Tom to be with him. He lost his compassion.

"It was a strange coincidence," I said. "But it wasn’t a coincidence at all." "Why not?" "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay." (Fitzgerald 137-140).

Gatsby was willing to do everything in his power, and gradually he lost his compassion, as well as his humanity.



Tom Buchanan

Fitzgerald gives a perfect example of a morally deficient person through Tom. Tom's only concern is keeping his highbred social and his flowing bank account. Obtaining his money from his family, Tom has no compassion for the lower class. Tom looks upon the "valley of ashes...where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hill and grotesque gardens" (Fitzgerald 27). He fails to realize that it is people like him who produce these valleys. Tom is also racist. He feels that "the white race...will be utterly submerged" by the minorities (17). This is probably because he has no friends that are minorities and most if not all of his business associates are white. Tom has arrogance about him, an air of superiority, that he feels gives him control over those around him. Tom also takes great pride in the fact that Daisy is his wife, not only because she is beautiful, but also because she "is the most expensive item on the market" (Fitzgerald 104).

So Tom is the opposite pole of Gatsby, he thinks he needs to feel compassion about almost everything, about people from valley of ashes, black people or his own wife.

Modern World

Terrorists, people who write endings to others people's life are beings without compassion. International terrorists declared war on the world's nations. Over decades, terrorists have killed thousands of Americans and citizens of other countries.

We lived this horrible situation only a few days ago. This time were innocent elementary school children in Connecticut. As we can listen from Obama's mouth: " These children will never live a graduation or going to the college"

It is a case of lack of compassion, not as serious and with the same consequences than in The Great Gatsby but still based of the compassion definition we had on top.

"Our hearts are broken"; scenes after the school massacre - Rough Cuts
Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transfering, harbouring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them, according to UNODC website. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. This happens in the US and the people who commit this crime are people without compassion.

Attaining a dream

"Sucess will only be achieved with effort sweat and tears, otherwise it is just luck"

I believe strongly when you want something you will need to fight to get it, but there are some limits.

Only worth getting your dream to get there if you have based on your principles and have been true to yourself.

Only each of us know how much are we willing to sacrifice to reach our goals.

Finally Gatsby gave his life for his love to Daisy, and Tom got Daisy but she did not love him

They self-destructed their dreams.