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The Great Gatsby/How I Met Your Mother

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Noor Shahid

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby/How I Met Your Mother

Classic Connections! By: Noor, Rachel, & Briella The Great Gatsby How I Met Your Mother To begin, in How I Met Your Mother, Ted’s plan to approach his love and impress her with his charm is destroyed by unexpected events, leaving him disappointed in the end. This is evident when Ted describes to his friends how he is going to win Robin’s heart back with his detailed plan. First, he is going to play it cool around her, and then eventually invite her up to the roof, where, together, they can look over the city and the stars. Ted thinks that his plan is well thought-out and foolproof. This is because the roof is the most romantic place he knows of and thinks that it will allow them to rekindle their love. Unfortunately, Robin goes to the top of his apartment building with another man, shattering Ted’s plan, and his heart. This scene shows how prepared Ted is to win over Robin and how desperately he wants to impress her. He plans out the whole night, only to be let down in the end. A similar event takes place in The Great Gatsby when Jay plans out how he is going to rekindle his romance with Daisy. Gatsby spends his entire life becoming wealthy to impress Daisy and plans for her to be with him when she sees how rich he has become. Sadly, Daisy unexpectedly finds out that Gatsby has made his living as an illegal bootlegger, leaving her unimpressed and Gatsby’s plan destroyed. Overall, Ted’s plan to obtain Robin and Gatsby’s plan to obtain Daisy are not accomplished, which proves that sometimes even the most thought-out goals cannot be achieved. & Motif: Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Everyone has moments in life where hopes and dreams do not always go as planned. In The Great Gatsby, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a young man named Jay Gatsby spends his entire life trying to get the girl of his dreams, Daisy, to be with him. Their relationship, filled with highs and lows, eventually ends in heartbreak as Daisy’s love for Gatsby slips away. In How I Met Your Mother, a hit television show, Ted Mosby spends his days searching for the woman he will marry. In the beginning of the series, Ted has his sights set on Robin, the woman he loves, hoping that she is the one. In the end, however, Robin does not feel the same way. In both of these works, the protagonists, Ted Mosby and Jay Gatsby, prove that no matter how hard a person works, plans, hopes, and dreams are not always achieved. This theme is most apparent in the following three scenes of How I Met Your Mother. Firstly, Ted has a plan on how to approach Robin and how he will impress her, just like Gatsby plans out his meeting with Daisy. Their plans are very thought-out, yet they both take an unexpected turn and end in disappointment. Secondly, Ted throws a series of parties hoping that Robin, the woman he loves, will show up, when unfortunately, she does not. This also happens in The Great Gatsby when Jay throws a party in his mansion almost every night hoping to see Daisy, who never arrives. Thirdly, Ted’s dream is that he and Robin will spend their lives together, similar to the dream Gatsby has about spending his life with his love, Daisy. Both Ted and Gatsby come very close to reaching their dreams, but in the end, they are not meant to be. Overall, these three scenes prove how dedicated Ted is to being with Robin, but even his most thought out plans, hopes, and dreams are not accomplished, just like Jay Gatsby’s. Introduction: Point #1 Point #2 Point #3 To continue, in How I Met Your Mother, Ted’s hope for love is strong in the beginning, but is sadly crushed when it is not fulfilled in the end. This is evident when Ted throws a series of parties hoping that Robin, the girl he loves, will show up. His friends know that she is not going to arrive, but Ted is in denial as he continues to listen to his heart instead of his head. He keeps waiting, only to find himself disappointed in the end. This scene shows how anxious Ted is as he waits for Robin, hoping that she will come to his party, and how disappointed he is when she does not, which is quite similar to The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby throws an extravagant party at his mansion almost every evening, desperately hoping that his love, Daisy, will show up. His festivities get bigger and better each night as he waits restlessly to reunite with Daisy once again. Both Ted and Gatsby, however, are let down in the end as neither Robin nor Daisy arrive. Overall, Ted and Gatsby’s hope for love is not fulfilled which proves that no matter how many parties they throw or how hard they work, not everything can be achieved. Lastly, in How I Met Your Mother, Ted’s dream to spend the rest of his life with Robin is unfulfilled due to her lack of interest in marriage. This is evident when Ted tries to tell Robin that there is something between them, which she agrees with, but she knows that he is expecting too much from her. Ted’s dream is to get married and have children, but Robin knows that he is looking at the wrong girl. She breaks it off with Ted, leaving him to pick up the pieces of his shattered dream. This scene shows how desperately Ted wants to reach his goal and be with Robin forever, but in the end it just was not meant to be. There is a similar occurrence in The Great Gatsby, when all Gatsby wants in life is to be with Daisy. He spends his entire life trying to be good enough for her and thinks of nothing else besides his dream of being with her. He desperately wants to marry and care for her, but, just like Robin, Daisy does not feel the same way. She is already married to another man, and although she has strong feelings for Gatsby, she knows that she will never be ready to spend her life with him. Daisy turns back to her husband, leaving Gatsby alone in the end with an unfulfilled dream. Overall, Ted and Gatsby’s dream for love is not achieved, which proves that a person cannot always get what they want, no matter how hard they work. Conclusion: In conclusion, the protagonists, Ted Mosby and Jay Gatsby, prove that no matter how hard a person works, plans, hopes, and dreams are not always achieved. Ted has a plan on how to approach Robin and how he will impress her, just like Gatsby plans out his meeting with Daisy. Their plans are very well thought-out, yet they both end in disappointment. Ted also throws a series of parties hoping that Robin will show up, but unfortunately, she does not. This also happens in The Great Gatsby when Jay throws a party in his mansion almost every night hoping to see Daisy, who never arrives. Furthermore, Ted’s dream that he and Robin will spend their lives together is not fulfilled, similar to the way Gatsby’s dream of spending his life with Daisy is not fulfilled. Overall, a person may try their best to reach their goals, but that does not always mean that their goals will be attained.
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