The Cost of Pursuing a Dream

Ashley Rich 6th Period

The Great Gatsby

The cost of pursuing Gatsby's dream which for him is becoming wealthy and impressing Daisy, is losing his pride. Gatsby grew up with very little money and had to work for everything he had. When he was younger he met Daisy who was filthy rich from her parents and never had to work for anything. Gatsby lied to Daisy and told her he was rich to impress her but later lost his pride by admitting that he didn't have any money. Gatsby spent the rest of his life trying to impress Daisy with money and to try and win her back. Tom reveals to Daisy how Gatsby got his money and he is embarrassed, losing his pride again. All Gatsby wanted in life was too become rich to get Daisy but his cost of pursuing this dream by losing his pride wasn't worth it because he didn't get her in the end.

The Great Gatsby vs Inside Job

Inside Job is a documentary that targets the men of Wall Street and how they would sell house to people who they knew couldn't afford it, then they would get kicked out of their house and the company would get all the money back for the house, doubling their pay. The producers of the film interviewed the men, confronted them and asking them about what they did and they lost their pride and were embarrassed just like Gatsby was when Tom called him out. Both Gatsby and the Wall Street men became very wealthy in illegal ways, losing their pride just to pursue their dreams of being rich. At least Gatsby was a fictional story while Wall Street happened in real life which makes the cost of pursuing their dream even worse.

Inside Job vs "Greed is Good"

Gordon Gekko's "Greed is Good" is a movie where a man performs a speech in front of a large group of people pointing out that the businessmen are greedy and cheat their way into getting more money. He embarrasses them in front of a large crowd just how the producers revealed the Wall Street men in front of the whole world. The men in this movie lost their pride by being exposed for pursuing their dream of being rich but becoming rich in the wrong way. This also relates to Gatsby because all these men had dreams of being rich and were embarrassed by other people when they were confronted about it. In these three sources their dream of becoming wealthy was not worth it because they were caught and humiliated in front of their peers, losing their pride.

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Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech

Martin Luther King's dream was to live in a world without segregation. In order to pursue his dream he had to sacrifice his pride because of the discrimination for being black. He wasn't respected by a lot of people because of his skin color but that didn't stop him from pursuing his dream and stopping the segregation of whites and blacks. Losing someone's pride in order of pursuing a dream isn't always a bad thing. MLK put himself out there and stood strong against all the discrimination because he felt so passionate about the issue of segregation. Without him people now wouldn't see people as who they are on the inside rather than the color of their skin.

Martin Luther King vs Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happiness"

"The Pursuit of Happiness" is a moving based off a true story where a man played by Will Smith has a dream of giving the best for his family and his son. In order to pursue his dream of getting a good job he loses his pride by selling these machines no one wants to buy and living in a homeless shelter. He applies for a really hard job with a lot of competition and he works really hard to earn that job in order to support his family. Martin Luther King and Will Smith's role in the movie are similar because they both lose their pride in order to benefit others. They both want a change in their lives and are willing to do anything, even sacrificing their pride, to benefit other people.

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Pride: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.


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