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What Is the "American Dream"?

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This article talks about the American Dream.  It says, "it essentially is an idea that suggests that anyone in the US can succeed through hard work and has the potential to lead a happy, successful life."  This article also says the American dream goes back to the 1600's when the European immigrants came to America.  This article provides a good explanation of what the American Dream is but to in my opinion the American Dream can be different for everyone, it depends on your views and beliefs and can vary with each individual.  To me the American Dream is getting married and having a family of your own and enjoying your freedom in the U.S.  Other people may have different ideas on what the American Dream is.  Although I believe that everyone’s dream involves the freedom we have in the U.S. I believe the want to fulfill the American Dream has shaped America into the hardworking nation it is now. The article also says that most people view the American Dream as being perfectly average, but I don’t see it this way. I don’t want to be perfectly average and I think the fathers of our nations surely didn’t want to be perfectly average their dream was to be extraordinary.

 

My Response: I think what Calvin said about the attitudes of our nations' fathers is completely right. If the founders and builders of our nation had stopped when there was Indian resistance, I don't believe we would have the freedom we have today. I think some people take for granted having the ability to live fully because of their freedom. I also think Calvin's idea that your views and beliefs shape your American Dream is pretty accurate. As we all have the ability to do anything we would like to, we have to be conscientious of other people's dreams being different than ours. If my American Dream is to grow up and stay single and Calvin thinks it is to get married, we have to be cognizant and respecting of each other because we all have different dreams. However, I disagree with Calvin when he said that most people want to be perfectly average. I think most people's dream involves them making an incalculable amount of money and marrying a smokin' hot girl and having two kids. If people were content with being perfectly average, our class system would be more evident and the rich would rule the poor more effectively. So as Calvin dreams of growing up and getting married and having kids, and I dream of growing up investing my money in the youth and world-changers of Christ, we both have a dream that America allows us to follow.


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Nirvana-About A Girl (lyrics)

I'm not a huge Nirvana fan but I do love this song. I think it relates to Gatsby's (James Gatz) life the most out of all the characters. When I looked at the lyrics to "About a Girl" it was mostly discussing how the man who they are talking about wants to see and meet with this girl but she doesn't understand how much he really likes her. Some quotes that indicate that he likes her more than she likes him is that he says "hope you have the time" and "but I can't see you every night. Free." That line especially can be directly correlated to Gatsby's life because he wants to see Daisy every moment he can but he can't because of her marriage with Tom. Gatsby longs for  Daisy like Kurt Cobain sings about longing for whatever woman he is singing about. The lyrics in this song that are most confusing are "I'll take advantage while you hang me out to dry." I think it means that the singer wants to go see and meet with another girl while this girl that he is longing for is not interested in him. That lyric would be more correlated with Tom than with Gatsby. I also like the lyric "but do you have a clue" because I feel like Kurt Cobain is meaning that this woman doesn't have a clue as to how obsessed he is with her. Which is something Gatsby could say. I don't think Daisy understands how drastically in love Gatsby is with her. Maybe not for her beauty and poise but for her money and status.

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What a wonderful world - LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

When I think of the Jazz Age I immediately think of trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Armstrong is arguably the best jazz musician of all time and really transformed what it means to be a part of jazz culture. In the Jazz Age, many musicians and jazz people were African-Americans. Take Armstrong and Langston Hughes for example. They both contributed greatly to the new music era that was created in the 1920s. Now Armstrong made the song, "What a Wonderful World" a few years past the 1920s but his prime in music was during the '20s. Because I never grew up during the Jazz Age I don't have much of an opinion about what it means to me. What I do know is that the Jazz Age is still affecting culture today. I heard this song growing up which is an indication that the jazz era changed music forever. Jazz transformed through time to more upbeat rhythms which eventually became hip-hop music today. Living in the middle of the rap era as a teenager, I get a heavy dose of it. And unless you really think about it, you don't realize that rap has evolved from jazz music like this one. As I read the Great Gatsby, this is the first book that I've really gotten the feel for what the 1920s was like. After watching television, I've had a pretty good idea of what the World War I era was like but post-war is much different. I feel like the characters in the Great Gatsby are mostly wealthy but in real life, a lot of people after the war were feeling the debts and reprocussions of the war. But all in all, I believe the Jazz Age was a new and fun time for Americans to experience this new sort of music and lifestyle.

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ScoopThis's comment, October 30, 2012 11:54 AM
I think this is an excellent example of jazz. Louis Armstrong is argueably the best jazz trumpetier of his area, and on top of that he has a wonderful voice. Great job Matt.
Riley Smith's comment, October 30, 2012 12:15 PM
This is a great example of Jazz. Louis Armstrong is a great jazz artist and displays a great symbol of the setting of the Great Gatsby.
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New Book Club Features Books Banned by Fremont School Board - Patch.com

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I wasn't at school on Thursday to see the banned book talk, but I have heard it before. After thinking for a few minutes about whether or not I would want my children to read books that exploit homesexuality and abusive family situations, I came up with a simplistic answer, yet divine at the same time; no. I do want to be a father that would protect  my children from grotesque and incomprehensible means, but protecting my children from understanding and being knowledgable  of these situations is not applicable. Adolescents need to read, understand, and fathom these kinds of lifestyles for them to appreciate the ones that they live in. And they also must be able to compare the things they are able to do to people in these books. While many teachers and alumni want to ban books because of the message it sends to kids, I battle back by asking them if they regret reading such terrific books. Don't punish these spectacular authors for they have good intentions in mind. So don't ban books or the authors who write them. By the way, don't ban this, for it is published.

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Made in America markets create communities of like-minded consumers - CNN.com

Made in America markets create communities of like-minded consumers - CNN.com | English project | Scoop.it
Pop-up markets featuring American-made apparel create communities of like-minded consumers and bring goods to audiences outside of major fashion cities.

 

This article is about how it is more ethical to create products from American markets compared to using cheap labor in sweat shops in third-world countries. I think this relates to Gatsby's life because he is always looking for the latest fashions and styles. Gatsby isn't looking for the latest fashions because he cares what he looks like, rather he cares what Daisy thinks and what the public think. If buying in-style clothes is what it takes for Gatsby, he has no problem shelling out thousands of dollars for clothes. These are also clothes that give him the ability to hide behind his true identity. The article is more about creating communities of customers who believe we should just use products from America but I think it correlates to Gatsby and the East Eggers as well. The East Eggers are a community of people who all believe in the same American Dream which is even unclear to them. It doesn't matter what the idea is that is proposed, but East Eggers will do anything to be considered in-style and popular. If that means buying more expensive American-made clothes, they are willing.

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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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Hungry (Falling on my Knees) by Kathryn Scott

A song that searches the soul and touches the heart of man. We are indeed desperate for God. We will never know that God is all we need until God is all we'v...

 

The American Dream is not a terrible thing. But to me, it is definitely looked at as a way of life, which is bad. I've always grown up in a family that told me that the American Dream is not a good way to live your life. I believe that. As the video shows, my life should not be revolved around the greed and hunger of making money, rather the hunger of God which is so much more satisfying. My brother is a very intelligent man, but he is also a man that chose the life of following God and serving him before he puts any dollars in his pocket. It may not seem realistic to put God before making money and satisfying your lifestyle on earth, but I trust and believe that it will make me happier and I will experience things others can't say that they have. I am not condoning that everybody gives up their dream of being a doctor and making lots of money because we need doctors. I am just saying that the American Dream will only lead you to want more money and being greedy, compared to living a life completely satisfied, in Christ. So that I'm not pegged as evangelizing, I will say that this can be related to everyone's life. Even if you aren't a believer in Christ, you can live your life without caring about how much you make but how many people you make smile and how happy you are. I truly believe Biggie Smalls when he said, "Mo' money, mo' problems." Live a life of pure happiness, not one revolved around making money. Hunger for love, not cash flow.

 

Disclaimer: this is my opinion only, I know this is a blog, but I don't want you to consider this blasphemy against your project assignment, Ms. Baines.

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