How To Achieve A Dream Essay

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“A dream is a wish your heart makes” is a very well known lyrics from Disney’s Cinderella . A dream or goal is something that pushes a person to accomplish or to do something. For instance, if someone had the dream to become a doctor, no matter the circumstance they will push through to accomplish what they want. Throughout the books and play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald , and Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, the characteristics needed to achieve their dreams or goals. To accomplish a goal or dream, one must use determination, commitment, and must be adamant. First, determination is a great quality to have to achieve your goals and dreams. Melba, from Warriors Don’t Cry, showed …show more content…
Melba Pattillo was one of the nine students chosen to segregate into an all white high school. She left her old life behind for the chance of equality that she was determined to get. During her time in school, Melba faced multiple predicaments. For instance, a white student spit on her face, and she didn 't know what to do so she scrambled away with fear (Beals 75). After being in that situation, Melba came up with a military like plan. Her plan is as follows, “... Kicked in the shin, tripped on the marble floor- assess the damage and do whatever is necessary to remain mobile. Move out! Warriors keep moving. They don’t stop to lick their wounds or cry,” (Beals 128). Her determination to achieve her goal of equality and her plan contributed to the accomplishment of her and goal and her survival. Later in the book while following her plan, a girl spits in Melba’s face and she only replies with a simple “Thank you.” If Melba would have gotten angry …show more content…
The character who displayed an impressive amount of commitment was Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s dream was to win his one true love Daisy. He was committed to doing anything to win her love again including going through Daisy’s husband Tom. In the beginning, Daisy and Jay made a connection before he went off to war, but they knew it would not go farther due to his socioeconomic class. So when he came back from the war, he had a plan. Gatsby would become rich to win over Daisy. When Gatsby returned, he was so devoted to finding Daisy that he even hosted parties with the hopes of seeing her there. Daisy’s friend, Jordan, mentioned it when she said, “... he half expected her to wander into one of his parties some night, but she never did (Fitzgerald 84). Gatsby even went as far as covering up a murder for Daisy. When Nick asked about the event wondering if it had actually been him or Daisy, Jay said “Yes, but of course I’ll say I was…”(Fitzgerald 151). Gatsby devoted his life to making Daisy his he covered up for Daisy which led to his own death. Although his commitment to Daisy proved fatal, that is not how he felt. Gatsby felt that Daisy was worth so much more to Gatsby than his own life. If Gatsby would have stayed in the class he was in and he had given up on Daisy, he would have been empty inside and he would have that lingering “what if” feeling. Gatsby would be reckless and if Wilson had

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