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"Everybody has dreams, and everybody must deal with reality - that is the nature of life."

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"Everybody has dreams, and everybody must deal with reality - that is the nature of life." A dream can be defined as something imagined, an ambition or an ideal, and reality is the term assigned to all things real. Humans, by our very nature, are ambitious, ever pursuing our dreams, our deepest desires. It is the very purpose of life to make our goals our aspirations, real. Therefore it is the nature of life to live through reality and to dream. It is fitting, then, that many texts have been composed based on 'Dreams and Reality'. 'The Great Gatsby', 'Great Expectations', 'the talented Mr. Ripley', and 'Cat's in the Cradle' are some such texts. We all need to have dreams and goals, they give us purpose. This is evident in the novel 'the Great Gatsby', which was written by F.S Fitzgerald. In it he uses a variety of literary techniques in his examination of life in the 1920's. These techniques include the masterful use of theme, characterisation, a narrator, symbolism and irony. All of the characters have dreams, Gatsby dreams to posses Daisy, Jordan dreams to be independent, Wilson dreams to sell Tom's car, Myrtle dreams to marry Tom, and the techniques above stated explore these dreams. Among the main themes of the novel, is the American Dream, or the corruption thereof. ...read more.


'The Great Gatsby' is full of symbolism, some harder to detect than others. The green light, the eyes of Dr Eckleburg, and the silk shirts are all examples of some symbols. The green light represents Gatsby's utmost desire to posses Daisy, and the silk shirts represent his wealth which indicates that he is worthy of Daisy; "It makes me sad because I've never seen such - such beautiful shirts before." Daisy herself is a symbol of all Gatsby's hopes and desires, of the attainment of his dream. The eyes of Dr. Eckleburg represent G-d; they symbolize an ever-present being watching over all of our actions; "God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me but you can't fool God!...God sees everything" The novel is also very ironic. It is ironic, for example, that Daisy is driving the car that kill Myrtle, when Myrtle is the woman who is having an affair with Daisy's husband. 'Great Expectations' is a novel, written by Charles Dickens that explores dreams and reality, and is related to the Great Gatsby in that they both portray themes of ambition and self-improvement. Two techniques that Dickens uses are imagery and first-person. In the novel Dickens uses highly descriptive language in order to create sensory stimulation in the responder. A more specific example is that of the clocks in Mrs. ...read more.


The son's dream is to become like his father, simile is used to introduce this dream; "I'm gonna be like you, dad. You know I'm gonna be like you.", and it is accomplished by the end of the song; " it occurred to me, He'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me." However in fulfilling this dream, the son was unable to live out his other dream, which was to spend time with his father. This is similar to the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. Gatsby goes off to become rich then returns to Daisy only to find that she is gone. In the same way, the father goes off to work, then when he returns for his son, he finds that his son has grown up and left. Imagery is used to represent the sons childhood; "And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man in the moon", that which the father is missing out on. Everybody does have dreams, and everybody, living in reality, must deal with it. The texts cited support this in that they all provide examples of dreams and the accomplishment of these dreams, as well as the harshness of reality and the consequent failure to fulfill our dreams. If the nature of life is indeed to fulfill some dreams, and fail others, then it is the aspiring nature of all human beings that provides our lives with purpose ?? ?? ?? ?? Joseph Wehbe ...read more.

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