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Voting on the American Dream

This article is a fantastic representation of what The Great Gatsby represented. I love the section in this article that is titled "Holding on to hope, but the end of quick wealth;" this pretty much sums what F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to show about Gatsby throughout the novel.

Gatsby represents all of what holding on to hope is. He continuously, even over a span of many years, holds onto this hope of Daisy loving him and wanting to be with him.

This article talks about how even candidates for presidents will mention things about the “American Dream” to try and get voters to believe that they can change the way things are. Now I don’t want to be Debby Downer, but a lot of the American Dream can be false hope; most of the times you can’t completely change who you are. Over a long period of time, maybe, but you also don’t want to hold onto something that won’t work, which is basically what happened in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby would not let go of his hope for everything with Daisy to be okay. Daisy had a husband not to mention a kid! It just wasn’t realistic to hold on to his hope for her to just leave them and run off with Gatsby.

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The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age; a term coined by the author F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote the book "The Great Gatsby",. This was a time of economic growth and a huge cultural spark. America had just gotten out of a huge and depressing war, World War 1. Everyone in America was ready for some peace and fun times. During the Jazz Age, many people would throw parties, such of that in "The Great Gatsby." These parties were huge. During them many people would listen to Jazz music and get up and dance, which is a huge reason why it became known as the Jazz Age. Money wasn’t worried about as much during this time and people started to let loose a little. The fashion started to change, people dressed in a "looser" look. It was a time when people tested the social limits in respect to music taste, behavior and lifestyle. The Jazzy Age turned the world around. Everything went from being in a war and sad or boring to being more fun and lively. This has made a huge impact on how our society is now.

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The Right To Read

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To ban books is to take away from someones personality. The reason a person picks up a book is because they think they will be interested in it. To take that away from someone is not fair. You have the right to read what you want, whatever interests you. Yes, there are some exceptions; young kids shouldn't be allowed to read about sex or anything along those lines. After they ger older and mature some then theyshould be able to choose what they want to red and what sounds goood to them. Banning boos is wrong. It isn't fair to people; if you want to read a book, then you should be able read it.

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Madison Scott's comment, October 26, 2012 12:05 PM
To ban books is to take away from someones personality. The reason a person picks up a book is because they think they will be interested in it. To take that away from someone is not fair. You have the right to read what you want, whatever interests you. Yes, there are some exceptions; young kids shouldn't be allowed to read about sex or anything along those lines. After they ger older and mature some then theyshould be able to choose what they want to red and what sounds goood to them. Banning boos is wrong. It isn't fair to people; if you want to read a book, then you should be able read it.
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Marvin Gaye * I Heard It Through The Grapevine Lyrics | from "The Big Chill"

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, in my opinion relates to the relationship of Tom and Daisy almost perfectly! The lyrics "It took me by surprise I must say, when I found out yesterday." relate to Tom and Daisy simply because when Tom starts to realize Daisys love for Gatsby, he really is in complete shock. Fitzgerald shows how devistated Tom is on page 149 when he states how Tom is crying about Daisy having feelings towards Gatsby. This is a huge deal because, as we all know, Tom is the BMOC (big man on campus), he is not one I would think would cry about anything. The crying is also connected to the song in the lyrics "I know that a man ain't supposed to cry, But these tears I can't hold inside. Losin' you would end my life you see, 'Cause you mean that much to me."

Marvin Gaye's lyrics "Bout you plans to make me blue, with some other guy you knew before." explain exactly what happened with Daisy. She started falling back in 'love' with Gatsby. She knew Gatsby before Tom came along.  

You can see how this song "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" is a perfect match to the love triangle between Daisy, Tom and Gatsby.

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The American Dream

The American Dream, work hard and succeed. Every person has that opportunity, yes for some it may be more difficult, but everyone CAN do it; unfortunately, not everybody takes it. Some use this opportunity to try hard in school, go to college, get a job then work on a family. Some use it to get really good at something they love and try and succeed in that field. There are a lot of things people use this opportunity for. Some don’t use it at all. As for me, I try and get through school the best I can, but more importantly, to enjoy life. You really never do know when it could end, so my American Dream is to be satisfied with how I lived my life. I would much rather be dirt poor and living in a car if I was happy with my life. I don’t want to live in a mansion and be filthy rich if it means I haven’t fully enjoyed my life. Why waste your time here if you aren’t really happy. Being happy is what makes me want to continue my journey of life. To me, that is what the American Dream is really about.

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