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Gatsby's Explosion

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"A huge blast in the US city of Indianapolis destroys two homes and damages 14 more, killing two people and forcing hundreds to evacuate."  When I was looking around at my classmates' blogs I found it very interesting how some of them connected a disaster to the crumbling of one's social life.  I thought this was a very interesting take on something horrific that happened right in our area, seeing how an explosion and a book ending that doesn't really seem relatable can connect in a way I never thought imaginable.  I never really thought about the ending of Great Gatsby as explosive until I read this blog entry.  This blog entry has really made me think about the ending of the book, how the incredible chain of events ends in a sort of explosion, that being the killings of both Wilson and Gatsby.  We may not know the complete details of the terrible explosion, but its safe to say that there is a real connection between this event and the book ending, not because of the actual events but because of the lives destroyed by in both the book and the explosion.  This blog entry will help me learn how to better analyze several articles I read on the Internet and help me read the articles deeper than I ever have before, and see the connections like I never have before.     

 

 


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Drake Gardner's comment, November 11, 2012 8:17 PM
That’s actually a really good point. Since this doesn’t have to be relevant, I thought the news of this tragic incident was pretty breath taking. I didn’t really know much about it until I was researching something else and I saw it on Fox news which is nationwide. After I read the news article online I later saw it on the local news channel where they interview several victims of the explosion. One of the victims explaining his version of the boom said that he’s never experienced that loud of a noise before. The man’s wife said she was used to it because she was a former marine, but when he stepped foot outside his house he couldn’t believe what he saw. Engulfed in flames where his neighbors homes. This was only one of the numbers of gas line explosions that have occurred in the past fifteen years. Two are dead in result to the incident and homes are completely destroyed. This forced many people out of their homes which put people in touch situations. The Red Cross has been called to help out which is a sign of extreme tragedy.
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Billy Joel - Uptown Girl

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This song is the perfect description of Daisy throughout the whole book.  She is the "uptown girl" and she's been living in her "white bread world," or the old money village of East Egg.  She lives the good life with Tom Buchanan in her big mansion and never has to lift a finger to do anything. Daisy also has that "downtown man," which is Jay Gatsby, at least from Tom's perspective.  The West Eggers, or new money, are regarded as more raucous by the East Eggers, and therefore are viewed as less refined and less eloquent by the East Eggers.  Even though both Eggs are rich and have money they still are very different from each other in terms of style, cadence, and etiquette.  The West Eggers are the party people and therefore more exciting, and the East Eggers are the refined people who think fun is overrated.  This sharp contrast is seen consistently in the book through Gatsby's weekly parties and the boring lifestyle led by Tom and Daisy.  Jay Gatsby may be the "downtown man," but he certainly knows how to throw a wild party even if he himself is not a party animal.  There's nothing wrong with Daisy looking for a little spice in her life with Gatsby because let's face it, he is definitely more exciting than Tom.  The "uptown girl" may be used to her "white bread world" but sometimes its better to go downtown and have some fun rather than sit on your money all day and lead a typical rich lifestyle.  There's no problem with living a little.   

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Pursuit of the American dream still drives immigration from abroad

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This article is a personal story by the author about their experience of immigrating to America.  This article shows that the American Dream of hope and opportunity still shines through today and hasn't wavered.  This article also adds a new perspective because it's coming directly from a former immigrant and shows their excitement and nervousness as they journeyed from their home to study in America.  On first glance, the author recollects, "Somehow, I may have wished to see all those stories about the US, all the amazing cities and glean — Hollywood, the National parks and the Wild West and the beaches in that one moment. What I really saw, as the flight descended determinedly toward Fort Worth, was the vast Texan arid fields of nothingness. But I liked it — let’s take it one step at a time."  The author also goes on to say, "There was a lifetime's expectations packed into that glance."  This not only showcases the beautiful attractions and sights to see in America, but also draws attention to the quaint environment where people go about their daily lives and are content with themselves and don't need the glitz and glamour offered by the big cities of these United States.The bright lights and big cities may exist, but the real happiness comes from the hope and opportunity of coming to a new country and experiencing a brand new culture right before your very eyes.  This just goes to show that money doesn't buy happiness, and that the real happiness comes from your experiences rather than all the dollar bills you may have in your bank vault.  The real American dream may be tainted by unrealistic expectation and models with fake bodies that we can never hope to attain, but for some the image of a beautiful nation from sea to shining sea still brings hope and opportunity for the future.     

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Police: Man kills wife, self at strip mall

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"A St. Paul, Minn.-area man shot and killed his estranged wife then turned the gun on himself in a strip-mall parking lot, police said." This story reminds me of the story of Wilson, who after finding out his wife was cheating on him went after Gatsby, who he thought was having an affair with his wife, and shot him then shot himself. This article and the book are closely related as they both involve marital struggle and misunderstandings. The book describes Wilson's suicide as a "holocaust," which means a sacrifice consumed by fire, or in this case a bullet. This unneeded sacrifice could have saved two lives in the book and the article. These marital struggles not only drove apart a family, it killed two people unnecessarily. Marital struggles are all too prevalent in today's society, seeing that about half of all marriages end in divorce, but it shouldn't end in death or murder. This article shows the decay of today's American society and how the dangerous emotions of jealousy and greed don't only lead to a separated family, it can lead to a person dead by a bullet.  This shows that people need to marry for love and not for money or power.  These two dangerous items and ideas not only lead to personal corruption, they can lead to a corrupt family built under the wrong ideal that money is power.  

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Michael Arenella’s Jazz Age Life

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"The musician Michael Arenella not only plays the music of the Jazz Age, but he also tries to live in its style."  This guy takes antique shopping to a whole new level.  He takes the deteriorating culture of the present day America and transports himself back to a time of rhythm and blues, when there were no worries, and there was no internal tension.  The country had a universal style and ushered in one of the most prolific genres of music in the world, so who wouldn't want to relive a time of joy and calm?  You wouldn't have to worry about the failing economy, the next presidential election, or the growing international tensions.  The cars were flashy, the clothes were outrageous, and everybody carried themselves like they were the coolest cats alive.  The music was as smooth as butter, the culture as calm as the ocean, and the economy as high as the mountains.  The rich stayed rich and the poor still lived comfortable lives given the time period.  In other words this culture is almost the complete opposite of the culture we live in today.  We live in a now society where everything has to be done now and the best things in life are only the fake things we can't hope to attain.  These unrealistic expectations only set our current culture up for failure, so isn't it good once in a while to get into our time machines and live in a time where everything was right in the world and there were no worries?  Let's transport ourselves back to the '20s, the Good Ol Days.  

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Banning Books Is Censorship

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"Let's celebrate Banned Books Week by reading many of these books that have been unfairly censored."  This article condemns the practice of book banning and shows that banning books infringes on the freedom of speech and is purely censorship.  Book banning may keep children away from topics that parents and other adults may find obscene, but this process is only slowing down the inevitable time when children will find out about these topics anyway.  Children learn about drugs at an early age, so why censor books that include drugs in them if kids already have knowledge of them.  This doesn't solve a problem, it just prolongs a problem that won't be solved for years.  Some of these books may also be pieces of great American literature that young children won't be able to see because they have a page of two of obscenity and that creates a blemish on an otherwise brilliant book.  This just shows how the parents and librarians of young children can be close-minded and rather than focus on the entire book they focus on the one blemish and don't give the author the credit he or she deserves for writing a brilliant book.  Banning books is a problem that needs to be solved and only creates more problems regarding censorship and may keep children from reading some of the great works made by America's best literary minds.  

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