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Readers sound off on Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath and the election

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"The current event I found that I thought was relatable to The Great Gatsby was an article about hurricane Sandy. The article was mostly just many victims commenting on all the problems it’s caused them and talks about the aftermath of the hurricane. I thought this would be relatable because it just happened a couple days ago and the area they are talking about in the comments is Long Island which is where The Great Gatsby took place. In the book East and West Egg are located on Long Island which is where majority of the story takes place and where all the characters lived. In the book the setting was very glamorous with huge houses but now Long Island has been destroyed. Like some people said in the comments they don’t even have electricity and majority of people don’t know what’s going on and don’t have any updates on their friends and families. Long Island went from being the glamorous place described in the book to being completely destroyed by hurricane Sandy. What happened in New York was very tragic and sad I just found it interesting that what was destroyed was in the exact same place where the book took place. It’s just funny how you can relate things from the book to things that have happened very recently in real life."

 

This is what Jessi Shaheen scooped about the hurricane that hit New York and how it relates to the book The Great Gatsby.  While what happened is very sad, I did find it interesting that as we were reading this book something this big in proportion would occur in the exact place that the book takes place.  What is amazing is that no matter how extravagant or strong the outside of the house's appeared to be, nature took them down.  Much like how Gatsby created an extravagant image of himself on the outside for everybody to see and look at.  Even with all he did to create this, it ended up being torn down in the end for everybody to see.  Gatsby could not escape who he really was but lived with being somebody else so long that he convinced himself, and many other people, that he was really Jay Gatsby.  In the end nature got the best of him.  I only say this because Long Island was completely under water, it was absolutely horrible for anybody who live's on Long Island currently.  I hope that everybody who was there managed to leave before the hurricane hit.  

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Joey + Rory - Cheater, Cheater

This song, Cheater Cheater by Joey and Rory, would be Daisy Buchanan's theme song in The Great Gatsby.  It is about a woman who finds out her husband is cheating on her and in a fit of rage starts questioning him about it.  This relates to Daisy because her husband Tom Buchanan is cheating on her with Myrtle Wilson.  In the song Rory sings "Loser loser, hope you love her because your stuck with her now."  Much like the song, Daisy was planning on leaving Tom for Gatsby, leaving Tom with Myrtle.  Another connection is that most of the music video for the song takes place in a garage.  The parts that do, are when she is accusing her husband of cheating on her and asking him where he met the woman he is cheating with.  This relates to the book because Myrtle Wilson, the person Tom is cheating with, lives in a garage with her husband.

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American Dream - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The American Dream, it brough many people from all over the world to the United States in the 1800's.  It is the reason that so many people are still comming here today.  What is the American Dream?  According to wikipedia it's "a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work."  In other words, people think if they come here they will become rich and successful.  There is a reason it's called the American Dream, because you have to be dreaming to belive it.  While millions of people  immigrated here, only a handfull actually became successful, the majority were forced into labor and poverty.  Even though it's almost an impossible task, it's what keeps our nation going.  The thought that if I work hard enough, then I could be rewarded someday with wealth and prosperity is enough to keep anybody going.  This fantasy helped build our nation.  If it weren't for the all of the vastly wealthy people than nobody would believe this dream.  We owe it to the robber barons of the 1800s and to the billionaires of the 21st century for keeping the dream alive.

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NFLer Has Extremely Bizarre Gameday Alter-Ego

This news article is about a NFL player who has a bizarre alter-ego. Greg Hardy says that every sunday he "transforms" into a giant sea monster, the kraken.  His alter-ego has helped him become one of the best defensive end's in the NFl.  In the book The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatz creates an alter-ego for himself.  He becomes a rich, mysterious, and well-mannered man who tries to fit in with the "old wealth" people.  Greg Hardy and Jay Gatsby have a lot in common.  Just like Hardy, Gatsby changes his name to fit his alter-ego.  People know Gatsby by his alter-ego.  They have no idea who the real Gatsby is until after he dies.  Greg Hardy isn't quit as extreme but people are starting to know him by his alter-ego and he believe's in it just as much as Gatsby believed in his.  They both change their appearance to fit their alter-ego's.  Hardy paints stripes on his face, puts in colored contacts, and tapes over his name on his jersey.  Gatsby buys luxurious things and dress's in fancy suits.  The difference between these two is that they both have completely different reasons for creating there alter-ego.  Hardy created his for football, while Gatsby created his to impress a girl, Daisy.

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The Jazz Age

The 1920's were known as the Jazz Age in America.  The young people started wearing what was considered skimpy clothing and partying.  It seemed as though everybody had money to spend.  People started having enough money to spend on entertainment.   Hollywood profitted greatly from this era.  Movie star's became world famous.  It was the rise of a very fun era.  Personally if I could travel through time, I would travel back to the 1920's.  Beside's the clothing, there are many similarities today. With the club's and the amazing improvements in the art industry.  All of the parents and elderly strongly opposed to everything the "crazies" were doing.  The most interesting part of this article is when it says "marathon dances that went on until everybody had dropped".  I find this particularly intersting because it reminds me of Dance Marathon that we do at Carmel High School.  Considered then to be what the rebelious people would do, it is now something we do on a very wide scale to raise money for charity.  There are a number of similarities between the 21st century and the Jazz Age which make's it much more interesting to learn about it.

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This quote "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it" by Mark Twain describes cencorship very well.  The main reason that any books are banned or that there is any censorship, good or bad, is because adults feel that "kids" can't handle it.  They feel that it is inapropriate or would teach us bad morals.  The truth is that most kids learn what is right and wrong from their parents.  The kids learn mostly good things however, if the parents think that they should shield everything considered bad from their kids, then the kids are going to do the same thing with their kids and thus the cycle continues.  Maybe their are certain things that kids shouldln't be reading or seeing, but that is up to the parents discretion.  They should not be allowed to enforce their beliefs and morals and other kids.  That is the job of the other parents.  Their is an age where parents should stop shielding their kids.  They should let their kids figure out what is right and wrong, what is good or bad, let them figure out the true consequences of things.  Parents are generally reluctant, but if they truly want their kids to grow up with good morals then the sooner the better.  The earlier on that kids realize the bad consequences, the earlier on they learn not to do something.  In the end the less un-needed censorship there is, the better off the kid is.

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Claire Moorman's comment, October 30, 2012 12:07 PM
If I wasn't assigned any topics I would blog about many different things. One thing I would blog about would be sports. Like cross country, soccer, or boxing because those are all sports that I play. Another blog that I would create would be a space blog. In the space blog i would post pictures of space or articles about NASA. I would also do a blog about endangered animals, because that is a very important issue to me.