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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The New American Dream?

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The New American Dream?

Some people think that the American Dream is to go find Gold, have a nice house, be famous, and many other things. All of those topics I just stated are all related to money. Being RICH is the American Dream. Being rich lets us do a lot of things, like go shopping, buy gold, have a nice house, maybe even be famous. The American Dream is to be wealthy because as we all know it, Money is what it all comes down to in life. Many people don’t realize without money you can’t do much. You can’t buy a house, buy a car, support a family, or even yourself in some cases. Most people have seen MTV Cribs and we all realize that they are Rich and Famous. They all have nice houses, cars, jewelry, pets, and many other exotic and expensive things. Many people these day like the greater things in life but what can you get without money. Love? Well yes but what happens when you and your loved one has a kid, that kid needs food, diapers, a bed, cloths, and many other things. People with a lot of money are often looked at as rich, but are they rich or are they just living the AMERICAN DREAM.

 

 

I agree with Louie that part of the American Dream is to be wealthy. I do believe, however, that the American Dream is something bigger than that. I think the American Dream really is to be prosperous. According to dictionary.com, the word prosperous means characterized by success or good fortune; flourishing; successful. I believe that everyone wants to be successful and flourish in life. Being prosperous can mean many different things to different people. I think that being prosperous in life means to be happy and successful in as many aspects as possible, like occupation, the ability to start a family, and even financial situtation. America is called the land of opportunities for many reasons, but I believe that it is called this because every person has the opportunity to prosper, flourish and have the best possible life they can make for themselves and their families. I do believe with Louie in that the American Dream has to do with wealth and financial status, however I also believe it is so much bigger than that.


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Louie Cooke's comment, November 12, 2012 7:45 PM
Eric, I thoroughly agree with what you have said here about the American Dream. Anybody’s idea of the American Dream, regardless of what it is, revolves around whatever money they can find. Money truly makes the world go round, and in this case it makes the idea of a so-called “American Dream” possible.
However, the United States’ economy today is no friend to building wealth, as it has become harder and harder to find a good job and maintain a lucrative lifestyle. I believe the chances of seeing one’s American Dream come to life have diminished as the years have gone by, and the chances that one’s family will follow in the footsteps of their once rich ancestors has decreased even more. Sure some will argue that there is more then just money to the American Dream, but what can be done with little or no money? Sure the simpler things in life and in America could be experienced without the spending of a mass amount of money, but if people truly wish to live an American Dream, they must become wealthy. I do not hold the saying “money can’t buy happiness” to be true because I’m sure any American with a roof over their head, food at their table, and children at their fingertips is having a heck of a lot more fun then some bum living in a homeless shelter with five dollars to his or her name.
So kudos to you fine sir, as you hit it right on the head! None of the success that businessmen, entrepreneurs, doctors, etc. achieved would be possible without the presence of money. Money is the most essential building block in the development of one’s American Dream. No money, no dream.
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Taylor Swift - All Too Well Lyrics

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I walked through the door with you, the air was cold
But something about it felt like home somehow
And I left my scarf there at your sister's house
And you still got it in your drawer, even now

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Taylor Swift's song, All Too Well, reminds me of Daisy's character. This song talks about a relationship that was great for a time but it ended, and neither the guy or girl in the relationship could forget each other. They remembered the memories they shared and could not forget the times they shared no matter how many years went by. This song reminds me of Daisy because she had a relationship with Jay Gatsby many years before Tom, and even throughout her marriage she still thought of Gatsby and how things could be if she stayed with him. Then, when they reunited, the spark was still there between them and they started to see each other again even though Daisy was married. She justified her relationship with Gatsby by thinking that Tom was having a relationship with Myrtle, and eventually even another woman. Even though the affairs were wrong, Daisy felt as though it was okay for her to have an affair with Gatsby because Tom was having multiple affairs throughout their marriage.

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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." (wiseGEEK). This is the definition of the American Dream according to wiseGEEK.com. There are all different opinions about what the American Dream means, but the stereotypical Dream is having a spouse and kids, living in a nice house with a white picket fence, and the mother cooking all of the meals. To me, the American Dream is something more. It means that if you work hard, it pays off and you will have a successful life. The American Dream also means that you are happy no matter what, and you are thankful that you have freedom, a roof over your head, food and clothing. Citizens of the United States are very blessed to have the things they do, and a lot of times we take it for granted.

 

 

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Woman hit by car in Chatham neighborhood dies

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A 59-year-old West Side woman died after she was hit by a car as she crossed the street near the intersection of 79th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue, authorities said.Rose Harris, of the 1100 block...

 

This current event article is about a 59 year old woman who was in the street and she got hit and killed by a car. The person who was driving the car was a reckless driver who did not have a license. This current event reminds me of the situation in "The Great Gatsby" when Daisy was driving Tom's car with Gatsby and she hit and killed Myrtle. When Daisy hit Myrtle after she was driving out of the gas station in The Valley of Ashes, she kept driving because she was shocked and driving recklessly. Jay Gatsby had to pull the emergency brake to stop the car so Daisy wouldn't keep driving. Since Daisy was driving so recklessly and should not have been driving, Gatsby took the blame for hitting and killing Myrtle. He told everyone that he was the one driving the car so only the readers know that it was actually Daisy. This article and situation in the book are very similar because an innocent person was killed by a reckless driver who should not have been driving the car.

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Jazz Era

The article I read was all about the Jazz Era, how it became popular and where it came from. While reading the article, I was amazed to know that no one knows where it did come from, when it started or if it is a living or non-living music. It is so hard to decide all of these factors because people have many different beliefs and opinions about such topics like where jazz came from. Jazz seemed to have a rough start, but when it gained popularity, it spread like wildfire. I was very surprised and disgusted to learn that if a black jazz player went into a strict nightclub and jazz was not to be played there, they would be horsewhipped. This is a terrible consequence for not doing anything offensive or wrong. It seems as though one of the best qualities of jazz is that it is so versatile. Jazz can be used to relax, with it's soothing noise, or it can be a lively, upbeat "boogie-woogie" style. Although jazz had a rough start to it's long career, it has maintained to be one of the most popular forms of music all over the United States today.

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Students hear a first-hand account of book burning

Students hear a first-hand account of the horror of book burning and banning from CHS Media Director Bonnie Grimble.

 

My class got the priveledge to listen to a school librarian tell her story about her encounter with banned books. She was a librarian in a school where they banned books, and there was even one time where they banned the burned books. Hearing to her presentation and the reasons why the books were banned made me question why the books were banned in the first place. I agree with the fact that parents may not want a book to be mandatory in their child's English class, but I don't understand why they would want books that are optional to read to be banned. Banning books is a form of censorship, or keeping knowledge from people. There are freedoms that are guaranteed to the citizens of the United States, and we should be able to read whatever we want. Banning books is based on opinions, not fact. Books are banned because some people may believe the book to be inappropriate and include sex, drugs, etc. Why do the people who disagree with the book get a bigger say than the people who like the book? Banning books is a bad form of censorship and it should be stopped, as people should be allowed to read what they would like.


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