Are Dreams Realistic?

By Will Nuding

Great Gatsby:

In the Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby has a dream. Since Gatsby grew up a young poor boy, he always dreamed of becoming the greatest. When Gatsby was a young adult, a man that goes by the name of Dan Cody offers him a job as a personal assistance on his yacht. Gatsby accepted and soon fell in love with the rich lifestyle. Sadly, when Dan Cody died and Gatsby was supposed to receive all of his inheritance, Dan Cody's ex-wife came in and "stole" all of the money. This is where Gatsby's dream begins. He wants to live this lifestyle but all he is left with is his education the Cody taught him.


Gatsby's life long dream had been to relive the past. Daisy was a part of this past life, and he had always wanted to live the "American Dream." The symbol of Daisy being in his life was shown by the green light at the end of the dock-- showing that the love continued to linger. Unforchunatley, like Lennie, Gatsby died in trying to accomplish his dreams. He put it all on the line, to succeed his passion in becoming the greatest ever.


"He was a son of God . . . and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end."


I chose this quote because it describes Gatsby's past and it shows that he will be determined to succeed his goals.

Of Mice and Men

In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are best friends and work on a ranch together. They work there because they are very poor and need the money. These two characters are unique because they share a very similar dream- having their own farm. Since Lennie loves soft things and the fact that taking care of animals excites him, he dreams of living on a farm with a lot of animals-specifically soft rabbits. And George dreams of owning a farm as well. He says it himself, "O.K. Someday—we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and—"

"An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that George."

"Sure," said George. "All kin's a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We'd jus' live there. We'd belong there. There wouldn't be no more runnin' round the country and gettin' fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we'd have our own place where we belonged and not sleep in no bunk house."


They have it all planned out and are determined to complete this dream. However, one thing is still required in order to reach this dream... Money. Due to the fact that they are broke, they are required to continue to work on the ranch until they have enough money to buy some land on their own. On the journey to capturing their dream, a series of unfortunate events occurred. Lennie killed Curley's wife by strangling her because he got frustrated and he couldn't think about what he was doing. Then, the whole town sends an angry mob after Lennie to kill him. Lennie and George have no chance in survival because Lennie would get in trouble again and everyone would be after him. George had to put Lennie out of his misery and kill him. George shot his best friend for the greater good. Even though it was hard, George made the right decision because if the angry mob got Lennie would of suffered.

Comparison:

Both of these novels, Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby have characters that have complicated dreams, but will stop at nothing to achieve them. Both of these characters put their lives on the line in order to accomplish their dreams. Unfortunately, both of these characters die (Lennie and Gatsby) in their quest on achieving their dream.


In conclusion, Lennie and George's dream is more realistic than Gatsby's. Lennie and George dream to live simply on a ranch of their own, while Gatby's dream is more complicated because it involves the manipulation of another's love and affection. Lennie and George's dream requires more tangible objects while Gatsby's dream is more emotional driven. Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby's characters dreams are similar and both very hard to reach but both are different in their own ways.

Review

I chose the prompt "Which dream is more accessible, George and Lennie's or Gatsby's" because I thought it would be interesting comparing The Great Gatsby and Of mice and men. I feel that this is the best prompt to explain my opinion of the books in a logical manner. I chose this website, smore.com, because I feel like I can really display the differences in an organized/creative manner. I feel like essays are harder to show my main idea to this prompt. My other idea was to make a piktochart but since smore.com has a nice flow to it, I used this website. I referenced the text by including relevant quotes about the novel and pictures to enhance the visual aspect. My quotes also helped me prove my point so that is why I chose the references out of the book that I did. I felt like it was the easiest of the prompts because I completely understand the question and what I believe in. It may not be the easiest to others but overall I think this is one of my best projects I have turned in.