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To Live In The 1920's

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Over time the musical philosophy and choreography in America has been changing little by little. Jazz music was one of the most popular genres to listen to in the 1920’s. Jazz music was like what hip-hop is today. Everyone who lived in the 1920’s knew whether a song was a jazz song or not and also knew some type of famous jazz musician. Almost any article you read about the Jazz Age in the 1920’s will state information much like the detailed data stated in the article I rescooped. The time period that “The Great Gatsby” is placed in is during the 1920’s which is when the peak of the Jazz Age was. Many famous and well known jazz musicians were people like Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, and Kid Ory. Jazz has forever changed American history. Jazz music was a big hit during the time period the novel was made. Jazz music was likely brought on at gatherings or parties in the time “The Great Gatsby” takes place. When jazz first became a large sensation it was often thought to be listened to by the more wealthy families where as classical music was listened to by the less wealthy group of people. The reason I rescooped another jazz article was because so much of what changed during the Jazz Age ties into the time period and the plot of the novel “The Great Gatsby”.

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What'll I Do Lyrics - Irving Berlin

What'll I Do Lyrics - Gone is the romance that was so divine. 'tis broken and cannot be mended. You must go your...

Irving Berlin has wrote many songs in his years of being a music artist. "What'll I Do" by Irving is an extremely short and beautiful piece of music, but has such a large definition behind its lyrics. "Gone is the romance that was so divine. 'Tis broken and cannot be mended." Irving begins this meaningful song by explaining how the divine romance/love he once had is gone and their is not a cure for the break up. He comes off as a real sensitive and emotional guy from the way he expresses him self in his music. These song lyrics relate to Gatsby and Daisies relationship in the novel "The Great Gatsby". Five years earlier then the time setting of the novel, Daisy and Gatsby had been in an extraordinary love relationship. Gatsby and Daisy met at a bar in Kentucky where his army troop/group were relaxing for a while before they went back to their camp. Gatsby told Daisy he would return to  marry her one day, but she ended up finding another man she didn’t love and got stuck marrying him. The lyrics of this song in Gatsby's and Daisy's situation are basically telling the listeners, what will he do with out her, and who will Gatsby talk to when he is in need of venting, and what will he do when he is alone and is only dreaming of Daisy when none of his dreams even come true. This song basically emphasizes a sad guy/girl that just got separated from the love of their life. What will he/she do with out that person so complete their needs and wants anymore. It is a very meaningful peace of written music and fits perfectly with Gatsby and Daisy's situation in the novel "The Great Gatsby".

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The American Dream

While it is a quintessentially American aspiration, each of us has a unique vision of just what the American Dream is. As Peter Weddle said in his article "The American Dream", The American Dream is not one actual thing or object it is a state of mind or a mental thought. The American Dream only exists because we live in a nation that is found on certain and many specific and outstanding principles. In the article the author Peter Weddle discussed about how we as people of our nation are especially fortunate to live in a country where we are accustomed to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To me personally that just sounds like we live in a country where we are born to live in this nation where we shall respect everyone as we will want to be respected and to strive for complete and total happiness. That could be considered a positive well being or vise-versa. Realistically though what the American Dream promises to us Americans is not a gift of happiness, but a right to Achieve it on our own. So with that said the American Dream is a personal dedication and requires determination. Why would anyone strive for this so called mental thought? We Americans spend one-third of our lives at work or working. That results in anxiety, stress, etc. It is the source of discerning fulfillment, or what the founding fathers concluded as Happiness.

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Matthew Quinlan's comment, October 30, 2012 11:55 AM
I totally agree with this article and what you are saying. The American Dream is not just one specific thing. The American Dream is a personal oppinion and changes from one person to the next.
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Jay McInerney: why Gatsby is so great

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F Scott Fitzgerald's novel, set amid the riotous frivolity of the jazz age, defines the American psyche, says Jay McInerney... This is a very detailed and interesting article. It basically goes over how the new twenty-first century edition "The Great Gatsby" is being released towards the end of the year 2012. F. Scott Fitzgerald; the author describes "Gatsby" as the Rosetta Stone of the American Dream. The article really goes into depth on the life style and personality of Jay Gatsby in the new movie. The article states, "Gatsby wins Daisy's heart and her promise to wait for him... her devotion wavers and she eventually marries the obscenely wealthy Tom Buchanan of Chicago." I used this quote from the article to help show how when the new movie comes out later this year the plot and story board will be over all generally the same as Fitzgerald wrote in his original book "The Great Gatsby". The term "Gatsby" has really in a lot of cases become a symbol or an icon. Articles and many other written stories about "Gatsby", classify the term as a wealthy, true hearted, and even a mysterious man because of his character in Fitzgerald’s novel "The Great Gatsby". "Gatsby" is a very classy name and often a highly questioned word. Most who have just heard about him would say he is a famous character from a published book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. No one really knows what makes him such a highly rated and incredible man. The truth lies behind the cover of Fitzgerald’s famous novel "The Great Gatsby".

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Dance in the Jazz Age

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Dance in the Jazz Age. During the early 1920's also known as the pre-war Ragtime Era multiple Americans all over the nation began the Jazz Age. The period of time before the war Americans were beginning to use more slang, wear shorter dresses, expose more skin, etc. The dance world was at a turning point for the first time in a couple of decades. Richard Powers the author of "Dance in the Jazz Age" discussed how African American influences also played a part in the new formation of the American dance form. The Jazz age came after the war and was a huge realization for many. The United States had started to calm down and really just become a lot more relaxed with the whole musical and dancing culture as a whole. What really did it for the jazz age was when the nineteenth amendment was passed and women were officially granted the right to vote. From this point on modern womanhood had been redefined. The Turkey Trot, the Grizzley Bear, and the One-Step were all generally known dances in this nineteenth century, After the war though, most citizen dancers favorited the One-Step because of it's old-fashioned name. All though everyone continued to enjoy the One-Step as much as they did after the war, many called it the new fashionable name, Fox-Trot, which was much to annoy dance teachers because they did not like the sudden change of an original American dance. American dancing has been forever changed since the Jazz Age.

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Against Banning Books | Teen Opinion Essay | Teen Ink

This article states about how the books The Catcher in the Rye, The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, Harry Potter, The Diary of Anne Frank, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Da Vinci Code and The Grapes of Wrath have all been banned from public and school libraries. These books are literary classics that have been large portions of learning to the education of many students over the past couple decades. The books listed above have been claimed to be banned because of racial slurs, sexual references, supposed witchcraft promotion, and religious intolerance. I believe that no book should be banned in any way once or ever because every book has a reader. For someone to destroy such literature and novels that have so much hard time and writing put into them is just wrong. All though I believe that books should not be banned I can also see why some parents or government officials might be all for the banning of books, some literature out there is just to in depth and almost considered perverted and disgusting. From this factual information I completely see why some parents would want to ban books because of coarse they wouldn't want their children reading such foul information and stories at such a young age. The banning of books is one controversy that I think will never come to an official end.

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Andrew Hartstein's comment, October 30, 2012 12:08 PM
I agree, no books should be banned. It is wrong to the author, and the readers too. For others to try and control what information you can expose yourself to is wrong.