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Maya Lin Quotes at BrainyQuote.com

Maya Lin Quotes at BrainyQuote.com | Banned Books in School | Scoop.it

"To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom."

This quote is by Maya Lin, who is an artist. For artist, expressing what she wants is important because that is her own personality. To me, American dream is given freedom and my difinition of freedom might be different from hers because she makes money by enjoying freedom but I do not.

Like puritans who wanted to gain religious freedom, many immigrants came to America for some sort of freedom. For example, someone wanted to run company and someone just wanted a life which is not life in their country before. Since I was not born in America, my point of view is from outside of America. America is a country of freedom. American dream is possibility which everyone can get. Statue of Liberty and American flag are symbols of American dream because they show American nature of freedom. These also show America itself. Gaining fortune, buying a big house, and running successful business are result of freedom. Because everyone has freedom to start business and everyone has possibility to come their dream true, people admire American dream. American dream is “American” dream. America is different from other countries. Maybe, the trend is these days but still we have concept of American dream today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this quote does explain the American Dream. The American Dream is about freedom and doing what you want. I think that the American Dream mostly refers back to the mass immigration period when the United States was just beginning to industrialize. People came here for many different types of freedom. They wanted the job opportunities, freedom of religion, and just a free life since many countries did not have the freedom America did. I think that the American Dream has changed over time though. People do not respect the simple things in life anymore, like freedom, family, and friends. People are more interested in money. I think that freedom is to do what you want, and if running big companies and becoming wealthy is what you want then that is up to you. I just think that people are more material based now compared to the industrial age. A lot of people do admire the American Dream because it is a sense of new opportunity. A lot more things represent the American Dream than just materialistic items though. The American Dream is based on freedom and the ability to do what you want with your life and to set goals and achieve dreams you choose. It should be more about freedom and less about material.


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I Don't Want to Be - Gavin DeGraw

This song describes Jay Gatsby throughout the whole book. In the beginning, Gatsby changes everything about himself in hopes of getting Daisy back. He becomes wealthy and throws parties, hoping maybe Daisy will come by some day. Gatsby changes himself completely to become exactly what Daisy found in Tom. Gatsby acts as a complete other person in the book, because he knows that’s what Daisy wants. That is why Gatsby is so proud to show off his house and nice things to her. Throughout the beginning of the book, Gatsby is satisfied with changing himself for Daisy because he hopes one day they will be together again. In the middle, he feels like the changes he has done were worth it because he has Daisy back. After the car accident that killed Myrtle, he begins to feel differently. He no longer has Daisy. Gatsby finally realizes that his whole life has been a lie. He has never been himself. In fact he has been a completely different person than he actually is, all for somebody else. “I'm tired of looking 'round rooms wondering what I've got to do, or who I'm supposed to be.” This quote best describes Gatsby at the end of the book. Gatsby has been changing everything about himself wondering what he should do or how he should act to satisfy Daisy. Right before he dies and sees that he will never have Daisy, he thinks about how his life has been a lie and it would have been much simpler to have just been himself.
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Tracking The Ever-Changing American Dream

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The American Dream has changed over time. The American Dream used to be about getting married, supporting and raising your family, being active in your community, being active in your faith, and having middle class values. In the past, most people saw that has the American Dream, but today it has changed slightly. Today people see consumption, having money, fame, equality, and succeeding professionally the basis of the American Dream. To me this seems sad, that people value money and fame over family and community. One positive change though, is equality. Equality is an important value in the basis of the American Dream. People believe that in the past, the American Dream was much easier to achieve than today. I think this is true, since today money and fame are hard to reach. Fame is an unreasonable thing to value, because so little people are famous. With the economic stage that the United States is in, making a lot of money is hard to reach. The American Dream is forced to mend itself with the values and economic/government situation of today. I believe that in the past people valued much more meaningful things. I understand it would be nice to have money and fame, but they seem so irrelevant compared to the importance of family and all the values mentioned in the earlier American Dream.

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Scott Crabb's comment, October 30, 2012 12:02 PM
I sort of like this change in the American Dream. It used to promote being normal and just well off. Now it promotes succes and encourages many to chase their dream.
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Bitter husband Anthony Taglianetti drives from Virginia to New York in murderous rage and kills Keith Reed Jr., man he thinks is wife’s secret lover: cops

Bitter husband Anthony Taglianetti drives from Virginia to New York in murderous rage and kills Keith Reed Jr., man he thinks is wife’s secret lover: cops | Banned Books in School | Scoop.it

I may be taking this assignment too literally, but this is very similar to what happened in chapter eight of The Great Gatsby­. Anthony Taglianetti would be George Wilson and Mary Jenks Taglianetti would be Myrtle Wilson. Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. would be Gatsby.

Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby were driving home from the Plaza when they hit Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson’s wife, and killed her. Nobody in the garage, or witnesses, new exactly who did it. All they knew was that it was a green car with a yellow interior. Earlier that day, George was talking about taking Myrtle and moving west in fear of her affair. He also had a discussion with Tom about the green car with yellow interior. Within the rage of the accident and death of his wife, he accused Jay Gatsby of the one driving the car and linked him to be his wife’s “secret lover”. This would be similar to the news article when Anthony found out through Mary’s text messages that she had a secret lover, Keith. Where he then drove from Woodbridge, VA to Clymer and took it upon himself to solve the situation. Both Anthony and George acted out of spite, and only in one case were they right about their wife’s affair. Anthony did murder Reed, his wife’s actual secret lover. Contrary to Anthony, George murdered the wrong man. More like he murdered the man who was having an affair with the wife of Tom,but he never thought that Tom was having an affair with his own wife, Myrtle.

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The Jazz Age for Women

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The 1920’s was considered the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties, or the Roaring Twenties. Everybody had money during this time due to the stock market. The younger generation decided to set themselves apart from the older generation, especially women. The younger generation did not trust in the older generation after seeing the horrors of the First World War. Instead, the young generation decided to go out and do something new and different. With this new type of generation, the music changed from classical to jazz. Hair styles and clothing also changed a long with the music. Girls began cutting their hair short and dressing, according to the older generation, inappropriately. Girls also started becoming independent. They no longer needed men and were allowed to do things on their own. Many mothers frowned upon their daughters. When the Jazz Age brought new dances such as the Charleston and One Step, the older generation became extremely upset. They believed the way the younger generation acted was a shame to the older generation. Many girls, or flappers, were arrested for indecency and many night clubs or jazz houses were shut down. The Jazz Age lasted for many years but eventually ended when the Great Depression began. People lost money in the market and the Jazz Age ended. Jazz still has a major on pop culture to this date.

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Banning books: Boneheaded, wrong-headed and thoroughly un-American - Times-Standard Online

Banning books, according to Ted Pease, is a waste of time. In an era of unlimited access to the internet, banning books is foolish. Yes, it puts the book out of the hands of people at school, but it is just as easy to go online and get the book. Also, it seems wrong for people to tell children what they can and cannot read. This is forming there literary preferences before they can even get a chance to choose themselves. The right to read any book you want is a privilege all Americans have and should not be taken away. Banning books is threatening people’s rights. Who’s to say what is safe for you to read or not for you to read? Some books are so ridiculed and banished for unimportant reasons. This is only limiting people’s knowledge and erasing some books from libraries and history. You can’t protect children from every little thing. They need to be able to form their own opinion with as many resources as possible.

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Jennifer Huang's comment, October 31, 2012 11:27 PM
I think sometimes children can even learn some useful from banned books as they can back up from failures. No one has the right to restrict other's chance on trying the unknown.