Benefits Of Dreams In The Great Gatsby

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Dreams Deserted: Benefits of Shared Ideals
Dreams could easily be considered a prerequisite for conscious thought. All humans have dreams and goals they wish to achieve, but many see dreams as the fantastical, only far-fetched and idle thought. However, dreams could be the sole reason to push for success, to survive and thrive. This may seem like the only benefit of dreams, but the underlying drive to achieve these dreams may yield other benefits. However, the mode of achievement, along with the acceptance of these side benefits determines the overall effect. The culmination of George Milton and Jay Gatsby’s dreams and goals in their respective works, while inherently flawed, push the characters to struggle past their loneliness, even if they
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While this goal is heavily implied through most of the story, the explicit statement by Nick summarises his efforts as: "He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy" (Fitzgerald, 1925/2004, p.110). Gatsby sees his love for Daisy as the highest point in his life, discussing her constantly with Nick. Nick seems to be the only one he can confine his dream into, choosing instead to live a life of isolation. Even at Gatsby’s own parties he chooses to not reveal himself as the host, to the point where other common guest do not know of his identity, choosing instead to spread rumors, “ testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world” (Fitzgerald, 1925/2004, p.44). These rumors make up most of his character in the eyes of his party goers. They chose not to look for him, but instead enjoy the party on their own, which could easily lend to the isolation felt by Gastby. Gatsby wishes not to add Daisy to the list of possessions he owns, but instead wishes to rekindle the lost feeling of…show more content…
George and Jay starve for some semblance of control, whether socially or romantically, and base much of their actions and thought process of achieving what they dream of. This strive pairs George and Jay with other minor characters, Lennie and Nick respectively, who they believe hold the key to their goal.s There then lies the strong possibility that these minor characters are seen by Jay and George as simple pawns to assist them in their larger goals. While it would be pessimistic to believe so, the connections made with these characters seem to be in the best interest of these end goals. Therein lies the major flaws with the respective dreams of each character.
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The dream of the fantasy farm from George's perspective is flawed on the physical level. Simply put, George and Lennie require only monetary gain to achieve the farm, which is constantly hampered by Lennie’s mental state. This is best revealed during an early outburst by George over Lennie’s unwillingness to listen.: “God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want...An’ whatta I got,..I got you! You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus’ keep me shovin’ all over the country all the time. An’ that ain’t
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