Obstacles Affecting American Dreams By William Faulkner

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Obstacles Affecting American Dreams Throughout the world, people have to strive for a better life. Not many of them acquire the life that they want. The reality of society affects their desire toward dreams. But not every dream are the same and can come true. There are times when something hard or even unexpected occurs, everything that they have been worked for can halt. In the story "A Rose For Emily" by William Faulkner, he uses imagery of a daughter with a dream of obtaining true love to describe the obstacles, whether physical or emotional and aspect of time, that can cause achieving a dream more difficult or even appear to be impossible. This pattern of images suggests that dreams seem to be unattainable because of obstacles. In…show more content…
Daisy had a debut after the Armistice, and in February she was presumable engaged to a man from New Orleans" (80). This seemingly impossible barrier does not stop Jay Gatsby from continuing his quest for Daisy. In addition to being in love with a married woman, Gatsby faces the obstacle that Tom Buchanan will not give Daisy up. Gatsby and Daisy have come forth with their feelings for one another and their growing relationship. Tom and Gatsby argue over Daisy 's loyalty to the other. Tom disagrees with Gatsby when he says, "Daisy loved me when she married me and she loves me now. And what 's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time (138). Gatsby states otherwise that Daisy 's heart was never loyal to Tom and she never loved him. Tom says, "Even that 's a lie. I want to speak to Daisy alone (140). Daisy admits in a pitiful voice, "Even alone I can 't say I never loved Tom. It wouldn 't be true" (140). Tragically for Gatsby, barriers of love and money keep him from attaining his dream to be with Daisy. Not all dreams deal with love and money together. The dream of Lennie and George in John Steinbeck s of Mice and Men is to own land and animals of their own. They are so passionate about their dream. Lennie asks George many times to tell him again of their goals and pursuits. Just like The Great Gatsby, there are obstacles that accompany

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