The Death Of A Dream Essay

1219 Words Oct 13th, 2014 5 Pages
The Death of a Dream

How far are you willing to go to achieve your dreams? Become a criminal? Lock yourself away from the rest of the world? Even live in an illusion? Just how much are we truly willing to sacrifice? Well, two novels try to show us just how far a human will go through two very complex and tragic figures. Jay Gatsby from “The Great Gatsby” By F. Scott Fitzgerald, a wealthy, suave but mysterious gentleman who wanted nothing more than the love of a woman to complete his American Dream, while the other, Holden Caulfield, from J.D Salinger’s “The Catcher In The Rye”, a feisty young spitfire who constantly rejected society in order to live his own version of the American Dream, wanting to be a hero to kids instead of a phony like everyone else in his world. In the end, neither could escape from his past and lost his dream leaving nothing behind but shells of what they used to be. “Hello old sport,” a common phrase from a man who had everything but inside felt like he had nothing without his golden girl. Jay Gatsby was a complex man in his own right. Being rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, the utmost gentleman to anyone he came across, and a dreamer who persevered through everything life threw at him to be a self-made man. But in all reality, he was nothing more than a fraud and a delusional criminal. One may read these two books and think, Gatsby and Holden seem to be almost twisted reflections of one…

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