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Nirvana-About A Girl (lyrics)

I'm not a huge Nirvana fan but I do love this song. I think it relates to Gatsby's (James Gatz) life the most out of all the characters. When I looked at the lyrics to "About a Girl" it was mostly discussing how the man who they are talking about wants to see and meet with this girl but she doesn't understand how much he really likes her. Some quotes that indicate that he likes her more than she likes him is that he says "hope you have the time" and "but I can't see you every night. Free." That line especially can be directly correlated to Gatsby's life because he wants to see Daisy every moment he can but he can't because of her marriage with Tom. Gatsby longs for  Daisy like Kurt Cobain sings about longing for whatever woman he is singing about. The lyrics in this song that are most confusing are "I'll take advantage while you hang me out to dry." I think it means that the singer wants to go see and meet with another girl while this girl that he is longing for is not interested in him. That lyric would be more correlated with Tom than with Gatsby. I also like the lyric "but do you have a clue" because I feel like Kurt Cobain is meaning that this woman doesn't have a clue as to how obsessed he is with her. Which is something Gatsby could say. I don't think Daisy understands how drastically in love Gatsby is with her. Maybe not for her beauty and poise but for her money and status.

 

I think Matt found a really good song that describes Gatsby.  I had never heard this song before and while listening to it I could really relate the lyrics to Gatsby.  I believe Matt is right when he says that the singer means that the woman he is talking about doesn't have a clue about how obsessed he really is in her.  This is just like the situation in the book "The Great Gatsby", Daisy doesn't really have a clue as to how much Mr. Gatsby is obsessed with her.  Gatsby had spent pretty much his entire life to try to reach an equal social status as Daisy.  In the beginning of the book Gatsby was staring off at a green light across the bay and that light was the light at Daisy's dock.  He would often stare at this light thinking about Daisy and longing for her.  Gatsby was so in love with Daisy or maybe to say Daisy's money that he was willing to risk it all to get her.  I also think Matt is correct in saying that a line in the song "but I can't see you every night. Free", relates to Jay Gatz or Gatsby because he isn't able to be with and see Daisy every night because she is married to Tom.  With all this said I think Matt found a great song that correlates with Mr. Gatsby’s character in the book.


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Women dies after being hit by car Saturday evening

Women dies after being hit by car Saturday evening | Banned Books Are Bad to Society | Scoop.it

This article is about a woman dying after being hit by a car. This is very relatable to the book I am currently reading called "The Great Gatsby." The article says, "Around 9 p.m., a 39-year-old female was crossing the street near 2800 South 300 East, when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound", this sounds very similar to what happened in "The Great Gatsby." The woman died shortly after being taken to the nearest hospital. In the book Myrtle, Tom's girlfriend, was hit by a car while crossing the street out in front of her and her husband's garage. In the book they said she was ripped apart by the impact and died instantly after being hit. Myrtle is also in her thirties just like the woman that died in Utah. These instances were very relatable and while reading about this woman that died in Utah it reminded me of what happened in “The Great Gatsby.” Both of these accidents are heart-wrenching but the actual one is a little more saddening to me because it really happened, it wasn’t just in a fictional book. I'm sure this woman had a husband that was affected greatly by the accident just like Myrtle’s husband.

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Jackson Detke's comment, November 12, 2012 8:31 PM
I personally think this was a very well chosen current event, Calvin. It must have taken a while to find this! The fact that a woman was run over by a car in real life ties very closely to the dramatic events of chapter seven where Myrtle got run over by Daisy. Plus you added some personal appeal when saying that you felt more strongly about a person dying in real life than someone getting run over in a book. All in all, good job, Calvin.
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What Is the "American Dream"?

What Is the "American Dream"? | Banned Books Are Bad to Society | Scoop.it

This article talks about the American Dream.  It says, "it essentially is an idea that suggests that anyone in the US can succeed through hard work and has the potential to lead a happy, successful life."  This article also says the American dream goes back to the 1600's when the European immigrants came to America.  This article provides a good explanation of what the American Dream is but to in my opinion the American Dream can be different for everyone, it depends on your views and beliefs and can vary with each individual.  To me the American Dream is getting married and having a family of your own and enjoying your freedom in the U.S.  Other people may have different ideas on what the American Dream is.  Although I believe that everyone’s dream involves the freedom we have in the U.S. I believe the want to fulfill the American Dream has shaped America into the hardworking nation it is now. The article also says that most people view the American Dream as being perfectly average, but I don’t see it this way. I don’t want to be perfectly average and I think the fathers of our nations surely didn’t want to be perfectly average their dream was to be extraordinary.

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Billionaire - Travie McCoy [Feat. Bruno Mars] Official Clean Version With Lyrics on Screen

The song I chose that would describe a character best in "The Great Gatsby" is Billionaire by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars.  This song would be a great song to describe the character of Jay Gatz or better known as Gatsby.  The song talks about how Travie wants to be a billionaire so badly, this sounds very familiar to the early Jay Gatz.  Gatsby wanted to be rich more than anything in the world so he could win Daisy back and marry her.  Travie and Bruno also talk about how they would throw parties if they were billionaires.  Gatsby does exactly that pretty much every night.  Gatsby threw the biggest and wildest parties in all of New York, maybe even the world by the way the book described it.  The singers in the song also say that they would let people use their stuff, just like how Gatsby lets people come into his house, use his pool, and party. Mr. Gatsby didn’t even know most of the people who would show up to his house but he was very welcoming to anyone who showed up for the party. To me this song perfectly describes Gatsby and I don’t think there is a better one out there.

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The Jazz Age

The 1920's were called the Jazz Age during this time period there was a rapid change in popular culture.  Many things were unacceptable were becoming acceptable, women began to wear more revealing clothes.  Women also began to go out on their own instead of going out with a date or a male companion.  This article says the women who went out without a man were called Flappers during this time period.  Jazz was starting to really grow and become very popular.  New dances were being made to go along with this new popular jazz music.  During this time period people, often young people, would go out and do dangerous and crazy things to have fun.  People would sit on flag poles for as long as possible and ride on the wings of a plane during flight.  Movies became very popular during this age and this article says, "100 million people a week went to the movies."  Back then 100 million people was a very large amount of people.  This time period was also during prohibition or in other words alcohol was banned.  Many people would still drink alcohol at large raging parties and many famous gangsters like Al Capone made large sums of money for providing alcohol to people.  This age was exciting and full of changes.

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KCTV5 investigates Book Banning: Parents vs. Public Schools

KCTV5 investigates Book Banning: Parents vs. Public Schools | Banned Books Are Bad to Society | Scoop.it

Banned books are a horrible thing to society.  The parents of the fourteen year old girl have the right to objecting to let their daughter read the book but they shouldn't have the right to get the book banned from the school.  Books are important to society and to history, they tell stories and teach lessons to people.  Some people may think that some books are inappropriate for the children to read but that doesn't give them the right to get books banned so other kids can't read them.  Different people have different opinions and this girl's parents think Hold Still is an inappropriate book but some other parents may think the book is perfectly fine for the child to read.  Books are important to society and should never be banned in schools or public libraries it the people's rights to read what they want and if they find a book inappropriate then they don't have to read it but they shouldn't get it banned so nobody gets the chance to read it.

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Evan C's comment, October 30, 2012 11:56 AM
I agree that censorship is a bad things that can definitely be taken too far. These people just got going and never stopped banning books. They lost sight of their original goal in the middle of all the popularity and support of what they were doing. Some censorship can be okay but not too much.