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I agree with your article, I defiantly feel that the jazz age was the beginning of breaking old traditions, however they probably weren’t really done until the 1950’s or so.  Not only were women becoming independent but they had some say in what was going on.

I also believe that a lot of various jazz groups appeared during that time, most of the industrialization had also sky rocketed, so the economy grew to the point where there were “ Middle class” and the rich. In my opinion though I wish they developed more common sense during that time, but it was still a racist society so the acceptance of other races had not appeared for some time.  I still want to know what was acceptable during that time, (well men still ran everything, which is why the Jazz age was important). Most important was the idea of artistic creativity, like fashion and what not, but usually only those with a lot of money could afford high class items.

I find that I would much rather live in today’s society then the Jazz age, but would you like it? From the dresses to the behavior in people, I firmly believe that society was going downhill during that time however they eventually progressed as the years went by, so there are some upsides to this age and It worked out in the end.  

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SARA BAREILLES LYRICS - King Of Anything

 

If I could pick a song to describe Tom in “The Great Gatsby, then I would have chosen the song, “King of anything,” by Sara Bareilles.

When I first heard the song it kind of reminded me of some “Chick” flicks, or romantic comedy type movie I usually watch with the girl dating a stuck up guy and eventually falling in love with the main character or some other guy. In the story, “The Great Gatsby, Tom is one of the fictional characters described as a large, arrogant man who is cheating on his wife, Daisy. Daisy, despite her sweet innocent personality doesn’t do anything and suffers so much, which is why I believe Tom doesn’t even know how to respect woman because he’s mostly arrogant and he seems to sound more narcissistic. The Song Sara wrote, bluntly states that guy’s need to learn how to respect girl’s and not treat them like property.  If I were to date a guy I would want the guy to respect me for who I am and care about me, and in return I will respect him.

Relationships can be difficult, but like in the story, today there are many who still do the same thing just like Tom, there aren’t many couples who are together but I believe as long as both partners learn to respect each other then there could be a mutual understanding.  

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American Dream - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

American Dream - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | American Dream assesment 2-1 | Scoop.it

 

When I hear “American Dream,” it kind of reminds me of when I heard and read of Martin Luther king’s speech, “I have a Dream,” this speech would change America and would forever open up the idea of new possibilities. It all began when the Pilgrims first began the American colonies on New York soil, since then America had expanded into individual States, each with their own policies and Traditions.

However, my definition of the American dream should be, “The idea of new possibilities being accepted and doing the best we can to improve ourselves.” Not only improving the acceptance of foreigners but new ideas and better government concerns such as money.  America Is so caught up in its own affairs and taking care of themselves that they can’t take care of others, however the government needs to assist the people within the Nation before it can deal with foreign affairs, because as the Declaration stated, It’s the people that come first before the government, it’s the people that matter. If America can help itself then we can create a wonderful place and therefore help others as well.

So many people have fought on the behalf of America, but what is the true definition of the American dream? Is it just something we envisioned to create or what we wish to accomplish, I hope what our founding fathers wanted was what we hope for in the future.  

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Shanon's comment, October 30, 2012 2:26 PM
I agree with this to some extent. This opinion of America being consumed in its self that it forgets to take care of others can be true, but is not applicable to all people. It's innappropriate to say this as a blanket statement for all people. If this were true, how would one explain relief we provided when tragedy struck areas such as Haiti? Such things should be accounted for before making such a dramatic statement, I think.
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Super Storms but Not so Super Rulers

Super Storms but Not so Super Rulers | American Dream assesment 2-1 | Scoop.it

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling "Of the best rulers, the people do not know they exist." -Lao Tzu Unlike pseudo messianic governments and their virtual political pretenders, super storms do not suspend reality."

 

In my opinion, this article somehow relates to Gatsby. Gatsby is like a storm, although he isn’t super rich like Tom and Daisy and all the East Eggers, he is along the lines of rich because he inherited his money from his family. What I mean by “Storm,” is Gatsby is someone who likes to mingle, he would invite anyone in his home and goes at his own pace, especially when it involved Nick. In some ways he is also like a role model, because unlike Tom, Gatsby appreciates who he is and expresses it through everyday colors. Gatsby certainly wouldn’t be like one of the West Eggers, but he is a hopeful person, (which begs the question If he and Daisy will ever be together) but I feel as though Gatsby is unique in his own way. Like Nick, Gatsby had also served in the military, so his background involved going to Oxford then recruitment in the military.

 

It makes me wonder if Tom will ever improve himself, (probably not) it’s sad what happened to Myrtle and yet something had to give, but When it comes to “The Great Gatsby,” every storm brings trouble.  

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Jazz Age - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Just what is the Jazz age? In simple terms, it’s the age during the 1920’s when America was prospering into an economical and wealthy society based on arts and businesses, such as large monopolies.

I don’t know much about the jazz age, other than many of the famous singers that our grandparents and parents know today had risen to fame during those difficult economical times. It wasn’t only a cultural success but a time where woman began to have more rights where a lot of times there was always discrimination against woman’s rights. It certainly is unfair how woman were mistreated and I certainly would empathize with the woman since a lot of times many of them were punished as a result of disobedience. However thankfully, we live in an age where a lot of that is not seen any more but (although it is rare), there are some cases.  Also during that time many woman decided to express themselves more, like being able to smoke, or wearing new outfits and going to nightclubs.

The 1920’s was more like the age of cultural rise or the age where jazz gave rise to youth and individualism. With the rise of jazz, it was able to spread around the world to other nations such as Europe and Africa and would continue to create a new era towards the pop world.

As much as I don’t understand jazz, I find it interesting, (even though I don’t really listen to it) but I do give my respects to all the artists who played their part in the creation of the jazz era and the 21st century.   

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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read | American Library Association

To be honest banning books is pretty controversial, however it’s mostly based on opinion and trust, if a person feels that a certain book isn’t appropriate for a child then sure, don’t place it in their school, also parents should learn whether or not they can trust their children with certain reading material and if their children are comfortable with the material. However for a rumor to spread from one person to  another, about a book, (which they’ve never read) shouldn’t be judged or ridiculed, and why I felt very biased and hurt about the subject. Even so I do understand that parents do what they must in order to protect their kids but it still feels a little unfair to us.  To an advocate reader such as myself it would be like my mom telling me “do not judge a book by its cover,” because In fact most books that tend to have the most out of place or unusual cover turn out to be the best books I’ve ever read. So just hearing this whole presentation really shook me, even some of the books they named I grew up reading I never knew they were banned only because of a small detail or something so insignificant, but I was only a child, so how was I to know, I mean as long as my parents never told me, how was I supposed to know? They do it in PG movies, Radio talk shows, and TV shows, you see censored stuff all the time, but kids don’t know as long as keep it that way until they are at that age where they can learn about it, at least that’s how I grew up knowing and there won’t be any harm.  

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