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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The New American Dream?

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The New American Dream?

Some people think that the American Dream is to go find Gold, have a nice house, be famous, and many other things. All of those topics I just stated are all related to money. Being RICH is the American Dream. Being rich lets us do a lot of things, like go shopping, buy gold, have a nice house, maybe even be famous. The American Dream is to be wealthy because as we all know it, Money is what it all comes down to in life. Many people don’t realize without money you can’t do much. You can’t buy a house, buy a car, support a family, or even yourself in some cases. Most people have seen MTV Cribs and we all realize that they are Rich and Famous. They all have nice houses, cars, jewelry, pets, and many other exotic and expensive things. Many people these day like the greater things in life but what can you get without money. Love? Well yes but what happens when you and your loved one has a kid, that kid needs food, diapers, a bed, cloths, and many other things. People with a lot of money are often looked at as rich, but are they rich or are they just living the AMERICAN DREAM.

 

The assignment this week was to re-scoop another blog and the blog I scooped was Eric’s and it is on the American Dream. I believe the American Dream is different in everyone’s life and it’s what everyone wants to achieve. The American Dream is about having nice things and living the one great life you have the best way possible. This all starts with one thing though and that is called money. Without money you cannot do one single thing in life. Money is the key to happiness because it buys you everything you want like a house, car, and gifts for your family. The American Dream is something that needs money for it to happen and without it you can’t do anything because everything in this world costs money. The things you pay for cost money because it is what you want to do to live the best life possible and to have the most fun you can. I believe everyone wants to get a good education and be as wealthy as they possibly can be to support the life they want to live. You have to have dedication to get the things you want and if you don’t you can’t receive the things you want. The American Dream is all about money and if you don’t have it you won’t be able to live your American Dream the way you want to.


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Louie Cooke's comment, November 12, 2012 7:45 PM
Eric, I thoroughly agree with what you have said here about the American Dream. Anybody’s idea of the American Dream, regardless of what it is, revolves around whatever money they can find. Money truly makes the world go round, and in this case it makes the idea of a so-called “American Dream” possible.
However, the United States’ economy today is no friend to building wealth, as it has become harder and harder to find a good job and maintain a lucrative lifestyle. I believe the chances of seeing one’s American Dream come to life have diminished as the years have gone by, and the chances that one’s family will follow in the footsteps of their once rich ancestors has decreased even more. Sure some will argue that there is more then just money to the American Dream, but what can be done with little or no money? Sure the simpler things in life and in America could be experienced without the spending of a mass amount of money, but if people truly wish to live an American Dream, they must become wealthy. I do not hold the saying “money can’t buy happiness” to be true because I’m sure any American with a roof over their head, food at their table, and children at their fingertips is having a heck of a lot more fun then some bum living in a homeless shelter with five dollars to his or her name.
So kudos to you fine sir, as you hit it right on the head! None of the success that businessmen, entrepreneurs, doctors, etc. achieved would be possible without the presence of money. Money is the most essential building block in the development of one’s American Dream. No money, no dream.
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Jay Gatsby is by far my favorite character in the book because of the way he is and that is why I chose him to represent the theme song “Love Story” by Big Sean. While reading the novel the author made it very clear to me that Jay Gatsby has always been in love with Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby loves Daisy and can’t get her off his mind. Ever since Jay Gatsby went to fight in the war he has had a crush on Daisy new he made a big mistake. He has finally met her again and realizes she lives right across the bay and can’t stop thinking about her. Gatsby wants her back so bad that he begins to show off his possessions and all his luxurious things to try and get Daisy to love him again. In the song I chose, Big Sean the singer talks about how he loves this girl and wants her very badly. This song very much relates to Jay Gatsby because he loves Daisy and wants her to fall in love with him again. The song is called a Love Story and this reminds me of Gatsby and Daisy and how they are falling in love again. Every time I hear the song “Love Story” by Big Sean it will remind of Jay Gatsby and how he has deep love for Daisy.

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HowStuffWorks "How the American Dream Works"

HowStuffWorks "How the American Dream Works" | Against Banned Books | Scoop.it
What exactly is the American dream? And how do you know if you're living it? Read about the American dream at HowStuffWorks.

 

The American Dream is what everyone in life wants to achieve.  Everyone’s American dream is totally different because they want to pursue their life in different ways.  If you want your American Dream you are going to have to get a good education and pursue what you think you do best.  The American Dream means a lot to me because I want to get a good education and live the best life I possibly can.  Many people want to live the best way possible, but don’t have the dedication to get what they want.  I want the American Dream and think it would be awesome to live it.  I want to pursue my passion in life and get as wealthy as I can and I’m sure everyone would like to do the same.  It takes a lot of effort to live the life you want and if you have the will to pursue your passion you will live your American Dream.  The American Dream means a lot to everyone and it means a lot to me because I want to work a hard life in the beginning and then in the end I will live a great and easy live.

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Romney Campaign Fights for Electoral Votes

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Mitt Romney is savoring the new energy around his candidacy and dwelling less on the main obstacle ahead: the Electoral College.

 

The assignment this week was to make a connection between a character in the Great Gatsby and a news article that relates to the character.  The article that I chose was “Romney Is Upbeat, but Math Is the Same,” by New York Times.  I chose this article because it relates Jay Gatsby with Mitt Romney and their ambitions to achieve their goal.  Gatsby has ambition to get Daisy to love him again and to get her by his side.  This relates to Mitt Romney because he is striving to win the presidential election and become the President of the United States.  In the article, it describes how Romney is so close to winning the campaign and how he needs to get a few more supporters to win the election.  In the novel, Gatsby has been trying to get Daisy back since the day he left her for war and he believes he can get Daisy to love him again.  This article makes a good connection with the novel because it is about someone who wants to reach a goal.  Neither Mitt Romney nor Jay Gatsby has achieved their goal and they might not, but if they work hard they might be able to.  Gatsby and Romney both have competitors and if they don’t work hard enough they may not get what they want to achieve.
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The Jazz Age

In 1920's America - known as the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties - everybody seemed to have money.

 

The Jazz Age known as the Roaring Twenties was the era where everyone seemed to have money and lots of fun.  The Jazz Age was called this because of the Jazz music they played and how there life was all about music and dancing and having fun.  During this age the culture changed rapidly and everyone started to dress differently than they used to.  The younger generation did not want to be like the older generation after they saw what happened during World War 1, so they did everything differently.  Girls starting dressing differently and cutting their hair short, people called them Flappers because of the way they dressed.  Some of the girls even got arrested for dressing indecently.  Many mothers frowned upon their daughters for acting this way.  I feel as everyone during the Jazz Age just set themselves free and did whatever they wanted because they all had a bunch of money because of the stock market.  This all ended during 1929 when the Great Depression started.  Everyone lost all their money because they put it in the market.  I think the Jazz Age was a fantastic age because it taught people a whole new lifestyle and created a new path for another generation to start.

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Against Banning Books | Teen Opinion Essay | Teen Ink

Against Banning Books | Teen Opinion Essay | Teen Ink | Against Banned Books | Scoop.it
The Catcher in the Rye. The Scarlet Letter. Huckleberry Finn. Harry Potter. The Diary of Anne Frank.

 

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There are many educational books that are being banned today in our society. Some of these books are Harry Potter, Huckleberry Fin, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Da Vinci Code just to name a few. These books are being banned for many reasons due to sexual references, racial slurs, religious intolerance, or supposed witchcraft promotion. These books contain educational information and are classical books that teach people important values and lessons in life. Everyone should have the right to choose the book they want to read and shouldn’t be told what books they can and cannot read. Most concerned parents want to keep their adolescents safe by banning these books, but they do not look deep enough into these books to see the real educational value. These parents may think that they are sticking to their moral values by keeping their children away from these books, but it is harmful for the children not to learn about what these books have to teach. Authors do not want to promote bad educational values, they want to make sure readers learn and realize what the real world challenges are. If certain books are banned then readers will not be able to learn from these educational resources, therefore I believe that these books should be available worldwide and not banned in our society.

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