The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay examples

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Robert Louis Stevenson said, “To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.” Many teenagers focus so much of their time on making their “perfect” futures. They want their dream houses, perfect family, and dream jobs. In reality, most of these teens will not end up with their perfect futures. This leads to disappointment and sometimes a feeling of failure. Stevenson is explaining in his quote that the hope and anticipation is usually better than the actual results. Teenagers can still map out their dream futures, but they should be aware that the results may not meet expectations. This message is also portrayed in “The Far and the Near” by Thomas Wolfe and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Focusing on the present is more beneficial than focusing on the possibilities of the future and being let down by the false hope and unrealistic fantasies. In “The Far and The Near” the conductor in the train starts to focus on meeting the girl and her mother after he retires. Instead of focusing on the present, he overthinks how great the woman who waves to him is going to be to the point where his expectations are completely false. “The vision of the little house and the women waving to him with a brave free motion of the arm had become fixed in the mind of the engineer as something beautiful and enduring, something beyond all change and ruin, and something that would always be the same, no matter what mishap, grief, or error might break the iron schedule of his days” (Wolfe) He…

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