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What Is the "American Dream"?

What Is the "American Dream"? | Banned Books-Riley Smith | Scoop.it

I agree with Anthony's interpretation of the American dream. I feel like if everybody has a dream then it gives them hopes and goals to try and meet. My goals in life are that I play college baseball wherever it might be, then to graduate and become a teacher and coach. I would also like to eventually get married and have kids. If this could happen to me then my "American Dream" will be fufilled and I believe I would live a successful life. Different people have different goals and that is fine. Not everybody wants the same things out of life which is ok. If everybody has certain things that they want out of life then everybody will be fufilling their "American Dream". What makes America truly unique is that if you go to other countries, you don't see the same opportunities given to people. There is no "Mexican Dream" or "Chinese Dream" because if you go to those countries then you do not have the opportunity that Americans have to do whatever they want and be successful at that.


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Song Title that represents a character

The song that I chose is "Dirty Little Secret" by the All American Rejects. I chose this song to represent the character Nick. This song would be sang to Nick by one of the people that confided in him. The song starts with the lines "let me know that I've done wrong, when I've known this all along". This could mean that somebody is going to Nick to ask for advice because they know Nick is not a judgemental person and can be trusted to give good, honest advice. The song continues to give lines like "I'll keep you my dirty little secret, Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret". Which continues to show how important the trust that people put into Nick when they go to him to ask for advice or to tell him the things that they have done wrong. Nick Caraway represents the ultimate friend. He is very trustworthy and you would be able to tell this guy anything that is on your mind without the worry that he is going to judge you. It is clearly represented through this song.

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Born In The U. S. A. Lyrics - Bruce Springsteen

Born in the USA is a song written by Bruce Springsteen that is about a man that is growing up in America and is experiencing the hardships that come along with growing up here. He is trying to find a job and earning his money the old fashion way. He also has a brother that has been fighting in the war fighting off Viet Cong soldiers in Vietnam. He is fighting to protect his country and his woman. To him and to me, that is what the American dream is all about. Working to earn your money and earn your own living, and protecting the people you care about from your enemies is what I believe is the real American dream. I think that Bruce Springsteen left out the fact that the American dream involves being able to do anything you set your mind to no matter what the circumstances are in your life. I think Mr. Springsteen has shown examples of this in his song when he talks about coming back to the refinery after he was sent off to fight in a war. This shows that even after facing adversity at a young age, he was still able to come home and complete the American dream and start a new life and get a good job making good money.

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ScoopThis's comment, October 30, 2012 11:58 AM
In my opinion, Bruce Springsteen is living the "American Dream". He is a world famous musician, a philanthropists and has touch the hearts of millions.
Matthew Quinlan's comment, October 30, 2012 12:02 PM
I agree with what you are saying because I believe Bruce Springsteen is live the American way. He has had to work for what he has earned and has to work for what he wants to achieve and I believe that is the American Dream.
Matthew Wehner's comment, October 30, 2012 12:05 PM
Hey bottom line; were all going to face adversity. But part of living in America is fighting through that adversity. I'm curious what "The Boss" would say if he saw this scoop. He believes in hard work and I respect that.
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Are Rich People Unethical?

Are Rich People Unethical? | Banned Books-Riley Smith | Scoop.it

This article was published in February of 2012. It reminded me a lot of Tom from the book The Great Gatsby. This article begs the question "Are rich people unethical?". Instead of talking about a single current event, it analyzes multiple events in recent society and relate them to their overall topic about rich people being greedy and unethical. In one of the studies, it showed that people who drove obviously more expensive cars that showed their wealth were more likely to cut off other cars and pedestrians on intersections. This immediately made me think about Tom because of his selfish attitude in thinking he is more important than other people. Tom thinks that because he has money and because he has an education from Yale where he also played football, that he is on top of the world. He thinks that nobody can come close to him. However that is not the case, he is just like everybody else as far as equality goes. He might have more money and better education than people, but that does not give him the right to be rude and an overall mean person to his peers. In this article, it concludes the story by saying that they are trying to figure out how they can change those patterns to have a better affect on society. I think that if Tom could have changed earlier in the book and been a nicer guy throughout the book, it could have made a much better mood of the book.

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Anthony Bop Mazza's comment, November 13, 2012 6:54 PM
I agree with this because Tom is living in the past too much and doesnt realize people really dont think highly of him anymore. Tom is living too much in the past at not the now.
Sarah Moorman's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:30 AM

I agree with this article and what you stated about it. It is true that some people who have riches, and lots of them tend to think they are above the law and above everyone else. i beliebe they think this because they know they are doing well and think there is nothing to worry about. however there is something to worry about and it is a deep concept to take in. the people on the bottom of this so called economic ladder envy the people on the top of it. this can come around to hurt the richer more well off people in ways not expected. this can happen with fraud and all sorts of other things, plus the people under them strive to be like them and then sometimes fall. It can be a trickling down spiral that many dont see. especially the richer people at top. going back to treating people like Riley stated, sometimes people up top dont care and dont like the people on bottom because they see them as seperate beings and not even in the same species. i think they believe this also because they know they dont have to work and the people who do work, well there isnt really a good explanation for why the upper people do this. Im not saying all people who are well off and like this, in fact many arent. Its the ones that are though, that give all the other people bad names. 

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Jazz Culture

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Jazz music was one of the most popular forms of music to listen to in the 1920's. It is like what hip-hop is today. Everybody in the 1920's knew some type of famous jazz musician and recognized if a song was a jazz song or not. Famous jazz musicians were people such as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Duke Ellington. Jazz influenced all forms of society. One of the biggest aspects it influenced was fashion. It influenced people to dress more groomed and to be able enjoy the music and have fun while still acting somewhat proper. Jazz ties into this book because it was really starting to become popular in the 1920's which is right when the book is taking place. Gatsby is a very well rounded individual so he probably enjoyed listening to jazz music. Jazz music was also most likely played at gatherings or parties in this time. It was an upbeat style of music that was pleasurable to listen to. It was mostlikely used by people with new money because it was a newer fad to listen to. As to where people with old money would generally listen to more classical music which was viewed as more appropriate to listen to at social gatherings.

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In Banning Books School DIstricts Betray Students

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In this article, the author talks about how school districts do an injustice to the students by banning books from their school’s libraries. Kids that have taken time to read the banned books have actually benefitted from reading them. Books like Norwegian Wood and Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines were banned in a school district in New Jersey for references of sexual content. The district apologized for ever including the books as a selection for their kids. The author of Norwegian Wood is one of the worlds most renowned authors and that book has won many awards. The book Tweak has helped many kids as they grow up with the pressures of doing drugs. “People say this book shouldn’t be read by young teens but people should also see how kids can learn from this. this kids i go to high school now are like Nic and are going down his road. Reading this could make a big impact on their lives.” a 14 year old said this after reading the book and could not be more right. Most books are banned because of parent complaints that make the schools take a hard look at the literature they are supplying. But the schools should also not forget their main purpose which is to educate the youth and prepare them for adulthood, then the parent should decide whether or not their child and their child only is fit to read that material.


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