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Gatsby's Explosion

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A huge blast in the US city of Indianapolis destroys two homes and damages 14 more, killing two people and forcing hundreds to evacuate.

 

As I was reading through the news on the BBC this morning I came across a tragic story that happened just a little south of me in Indianapolis. During the night, there was an enormous explosion that obliterated two homes and damaged 14 other houses in the near vicinity. After thinking about this horrible tragedy for a while, my mind began to wander to its relation to the ending of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby". Just as a disclaimer, I am in no way trying to compare the gravity of death to the collapse of a fictional character's social life, only explaining the way I relate Gatsby's final chapters to an explosion. To me, Gatsby's death is the climax of Fitzgerald's novel, but the events leading up to his death happened so fast, or it seemed that way while I was reading. First there is the arguement in the city, on the hottest day of the year, between Gatsby and Tom over Daisy's love. Then Myrtle is found dead in the Valley of Ashes. After her death, Nick realizes he is done with his "friends" in the East. Gatsby then waits outside of Daisy and Tom's house that night and tells Nick what really happened to Myrtle. Boom, boom, boom, boom, BOOM! Mr. Wilson takes Gatsby life, believing that Gatsby was responsible for the death of his wife. This explosion of events affect much around them, destroying familes and taking lives, just as the explosion in Indy did. To end, my heart and prayers go out to the familes affected by this tragic explosion.


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Drake Gardner's comment, November 11, 2012 8:17 PM
That’s actually a really good point. Since this doesn’t have to be relevant, I thought the news of this tragic incident was pretty breath taking. I didn’t really know much about it until I was researching something else and I saw it on Fox news which is nationwide. After I read the news article online I later saw it on the local news channel where they interview several victims of the explosion. One of the victims explaining his version of the boom said that he’s never experienced that loud of a noise before. The man’s wife said she was used to it because she was a former marine, but when he stepped foot outside his house he couldn’t believe what he saw. Engulfed in flames where his neighbors homes. This was only one of the numbers of gas line explosions that have occurred in the past fifteen years. Two are dead in result to the incident and homes are completely destroyed. This forced many people out of their homes which put people in touch situations. The Red Cross has been called to help out which is a sign of extreme tragedy.
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News Event...http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1697139/justin-bieber-selena-gomez-breakup-reactions.jhtml.

What I found out is current in the Celebrity world is that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are no longer a couple. When I read the article I automatically thought of Tom and Myrtle. Even though Selena Gomez has her own money it made me feel like she was after Justin’s money. Just like Myrtle is after Tom. In the Great Gatsby there was a lot of back in fourth in the relationships and cheating. Since they are Celebrities they attract a lot of people and they can talk to pretty much anyone they would like to. I could also picture one of the two being very upset after the break up. I could imagine Justin being sad for the longest time. On the other hand I could picture Myrtle trying to get back at Tom for breaking up with her. In both instances there could be a gold digger more less. You wonder if it’s really love. Justin could just be attracted to Selena Gomez because of her looks. Look at Myrtle; she was only attracted to Tom because of his wealth. Tom was also probably a very popular guy at the time and the same thing with Justin. Once the word of the break up, gossip was going around everywhere.

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