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The All-American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret

I think "Dirty Little Secret" by The All-American Rejects fits perfectly when talking about The Great Gatsby. With all the secrets that go on in this novel from Tom's mistress, Myrtle, to Gatsby's love for Daisy and all of Jordan's lies, this song is a perfect match. Catherine tells Nick how neither Tom nor Myrtle love their spouses and that if it weren't for Tom's religion, he would leave Daisy. Tom also never wants Myrtle to talk about Daisy which shows that he knows what he's doing is wrong but doesn't want anyone knowing, he wants Myrtle to stay his "dirty little secret". This song is about exactly what Tom is doing to Daisy. The main singer wants to be with a girl but he wants her to be his secret cause he doesn't want people finding out. Chapter 2 in the novel especially shows this song because this is when Nick finds out about all the secrets going on behind everyone's backs. There is so much dishonesty in this book and a lot of unloyal relationships. I think this song is a perfect fit especially when it comes to Tom, Daisy and Myrtle and even Daisy and Gatsby. Everyone has their "dirty little secret".

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Reunite for First Interview After Cheating Scandal

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Reunite for First Interview After Cheating Scandal | Books that are banned | Scoop.it

I think this story about Kristen and Robert is very similar to Tom and Daisy's relationship. For almost a year there had been rumors about how Kristen is messing around with other people while  being in a relationship with Robert, which is exactly what Tom is doing to Daisy, and Daisy to Tom. Just like Rob and Kristen, Tom and Daisy still stay together even after knowing both are being unfaithful. If the media was as popular then as it is now, and with Tom and Daisy being such well known people, I think that this story could very well have been about Tom and Daisy back in the 1920's. Even though loyalty in a relationship is very important and looked upon in this time period, people, like Kristen and Rob, still disrespect their partner, but most partners, like Rob, still will stay with their loved one even though they know they are going behind their back. I will never understand how ones in a marriage or relationship can be so disloyal like Tom was to Daisy, or even Daisy was to Tom. Why not separate and be happy? I understand it was against their religion but I still think that I'd rather go against my beliefs than be unhappy for the rest of my life.


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What Is the "American Dream"?

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"The American Dream is the idea that all people can have happy and successful lives if they work hard." We all have heard many stories about people coming to America for the oppurtunities and freedom knowing they have the chance of living the "American Dream". Everyone, including already citizens of the US strive to achieve that dream which is stated above in the first sentence. The most common idea of the American dream is married with two kids, a white picket fence, 3 bedroom house and happiness. I kind of relate to this version of the American dream because my family consists of my married parents and two kids, my brother and I, we have an average size 4 bedroom house and are happy. I know my parents, just like many others, work to be able to provide the essential necessities for my brother and I. They work for the "Americna dream". The American dream is full of success, fulfillment and hard work. Everyone's goal is to live a better life than the previous generation, such as their parents or grandparents. I know that even though my parents are doing a great job, I hope that my kids have just as much if not more oppurtunities and advantages that I have.

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Alex's comment, October 29, 2012 11:47 AM
This post was very similar to mine. I think of the American dream as a simple life more than going from nothing to being famous.
Jason Baldridge's comment, October 29, 2012 12:11 PM
I think we share similiar thoughts about the American Dream. I want every person in America to have a dream that relates to success and living a happy life.
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Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson: Celebrity cheating scandals

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One of the most recent celebrity cheating scandals include Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. With rumors spreading about how Kristen has been going behind Robert's back and messing around with other men, this article reminded me a lot of Tom cheating on Daisy with Myrtle and Daisy cheating on Tom with Gatsby. Tom would go to New York as much as he could to be with his mistress while his wife stayed at home, just like Kristen would go out with men while Robert was away on business filming movies. The thing that really stuck out to me about how much these two situations resemble one another is that Robert continues to be with Kristen, just as Daisy continued to stay with Tom even after she found out he was being unfaithful and Tom stayed with Daisy even after he learned about Gatsby. Why not just divorce or separate? Even though I know it was against Daisy and Tom's religion to divorce, I would rather go against my own beliefs than have to be unhappy for the rest of my life. Another thing I thought about was that if social media was as popular then in the 1920's as now, this article would've been about Tom and Daisy considering how well known they were for their money and family.

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The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age was the start of a new era where more people had money, girls style and personality changed, and people were doing crazier things. I think the 1920's would have been an interesting time to grow up in. With everyone doing new things and being crazier or more free, these years would be one to experience. Women were getting more revealing with fashion and even a totally different hairstyle, a bob. Their skirts were showing their knees and their swimwear were quite skimpy for this time period. Women known as "Flappers" were becoming more popular. I think these women were more independent and confident, doing activities that they knew society wouldn't accept but not caring what anyone thought. They were looked at as misbehaved and a dissapointment for all women, but to me they were strong and brave going out of the box that society had built and doing what they felt was right. Movies and Hollywood were also becoming more well known with people going out more to theaters and clubs. Stardom was a dream in the 1920's, even criminals such as Al Capone was becoming famous for his illegal activities. The "Roaring Twenties" or "Golden Twenties" was an era of self expression, this was the beginning of creative freedom and following your dreams.

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50 State Salute-Criteria and Video Submission Information | American Library Association

 

This article is about the "50 State Salute" which consists of short videos (no more than 5 minutes) that explain how each state's community celebrates the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. I think the "50 State Salute" is a very creative and clever way to show how important the freedom to read is to not only our community, but our country as a whole. The communities and organizations that participate in the "50 State Salute" are very bright with what they incorporate into their videos, knowing that it's for a very important right that shouldn't even be a controversy for our citizens. For example, a state representative reading a book that was banned or challenged in their state, or an author reading a book of theirs that was banned or challenged in their state are very good ideas that a lot of organizations and communities interpret into their "50 State Salute" video. I don't think any books should be banned because it is up to the individuals themselves to decide if they want to read the book or not. I agree that everyone should have the freedom to read with no complications. The audience doesn't have to agree with the opinions, morals or values that the author has portrayed in the book they have decided to read.

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