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Hall and Oates- Rich Girl w/Lyrics

lyrics and editing by alvicbar Rich Girl by Hall and Oates http://igottigerbloodsite.com for your very own I GOT TIGER BLOOD bracelets
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     Finding a song with lyrics that match up to a character from “The Great Gatsby seemed like a difficult task at first, but I found a song to match up with not only Daisy, but also with Gatsby. The song Rich Girl by Hall and Oates works perfectly. It is an older song that I’ve heard before through my mom. The song is from a guys point of view, talking about a girl, so it is like Gatsby is saying the lyrics to Daisy.  The song lyrics talk about a girl who is rich because of her dad’s money, which is the same reason why Daisy Buchanan is rich. It also says how she could get along if she tried to be strong, which Daisy is not very strong. She is a dependant person. She is not very good at being independent and in the song the girl is dependant also, but she’s dependant on her father.

     There was one specific lyric that made me think of “The Great Gatsby” right away. This was the one that sad, “It's so easy to hurt others when you can't feel pain and don't you know that a love can't grow 'cause there's too much to give, 'cause you'd rather live for the thrill of it all.” Daisy hurts Gatsby by not waiting for him and marrying Tom.  The love that Daisy and Gatsby also can not grow because she is married and Gatsby has her raised up so highly that he could only be disappointed once he finally would truly win her back. Daisy also got thrills by sneaking around with Gatsby. In a way she too lived “for the trhill of it all.”

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What is the American Dream?

The American Dream cannot simply have one set definition for everybody in America, because the American Dream varies from person to person. Everybody in this world has their own set of goals and their own dreams that they wish to follow. No one has the exact same dreams and goals and if they are similar they still have to achieve them on their own and in their own ways. This video shows different American peoples’ opinions of what the American Dream is to them. In my opinion, if I absolutely had to define what it is, would need to be a very generic definition. My definition of the American Dream is this: The dream for America is that everyone in America has an equal chance to be successful and have a family. I however don’t find it true that everybody has an equal chance, because people with more money are more likely to be successful in this country than a poorer person simply because of the fact that with money you can buy everything you need; a house, quality education, clothes, everything. But the thing that truly defines if you are successful or not is the mindset that you carry. If you work hard and keep determined you have a much greater chance at achieving YOUR American Dream.

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Amelia Calley's comment, October 31, 2012 7:38 AM
I completely agree with you that not everyone has the same dream, so the American Dream cannot be narrowly defined. I also like how you set that the true thing that defines if you are successful or not is your mindset.
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The Jazz Age

The 1920’s were not called the Jazz age for nothing. The twenties were just after war and everybody was wealthy. A thing the focused largely on in the twenties was their music and dance. This music was called Jazz music, and is what was played in the background of the video. The music can be very lively. The instruments used to create this music can be saxophones, trumpets, or any instrument that can play chords or the lively notes you hear in the music, the percussion, and typically a bass player. The type of dance they did was called swing dance. It is a fun type of dance that you typically freestyle. I myself have always wanted to try it because it looks fun in a quirky type of way. The roaring twenties (what the 1920’s are frequently referred to as), was a happy time, and a very lively time as you can see in the video. Motor cars were becoming popular and started to make transportation easier for everyone. People were wealthier than they had previously been, with their stocks and such and they just had fun with life. The twenties were a wonderful time period for us and is great to look back upon.

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Banning a Book.

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Books are a very important part of our society today. Not only in our society, but around the entire world. Books share opinions of people, their thoughts, their imaginations, and about themselves or others. We use textbooks in school and in English class we read novels. Some of these novels however can have some questionable content in it for our age. This age being teenagers to young adults (18 years of age).  Imagine having the book you are reading in a class called rude and vulgar and is taken away from you and put away for no one to read ever again. This happens with books that become banned. A book can not be banned without it first being challenged. Anyone can challenge a book, and then the book is reviewed to either be seen as appropriate for society, inappropriate for a certain age group, or banned from society. This usually occurs in schools or libraries because the challengers are usually parents who find the content of their children’s books to be inappropriate for them to be reading, therefore they challenge the books which are usually gotten from libraries or schools, as stated before .Remember, to ban a book, it must first be challenged.

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