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The American Dream is our freedom to do what we want to do, therefore I'm talking about it as well as my passion-- creative writing
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Women dies after being hit by car Saturday evening

Women dies after being hit by car Saturday evening | The American Dream- Freedom to Do What We Want to Do djjd2150 | Scoop.it

This article is about a woman dying after being hit by a car. This is very relatable to the book I am currently reading called "The Great Gatsby." The article says, "Around 9 p.m., a 39-year-old female was crossing the street near 2800 South 300 East, when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound", this sounds very similar to what happened in "The Great Gatsby." The woman died shortly after being taken to the nearest hospital. In the book Myrtle, Tom's girlfriend, was hit by a car while crossing the street out in front of her and her husband's garage. In the book they said she was ripped apart by the impact and died instantly after being hit. Myrtle is also in her thirties just like the woman that died in Utah. These instances were very relatable and while reading about this woman that died in Utah it reminded me of what happened in “The Great Gatsby.” Both of these accidents are heart-wrenching but the actual one is a little more saddening to me because it really happened, it wasn’t just in a fictional book. I'm sure this woman had a husband that was affected greatly by the accident just like Myrtle’s husband.

 

I personally think this was a very well chosen current event, Calvin.  It must have taken a while to find this!  The fact that a woman was run over by a car in real life ties very closely to the dramatic events of chapter seven where Myrtle got run over by Daisy.  Plus you added some personal appeal when saying that you felt more strongly about a person dying in real life than someone getting run over in a book.  All in all, good job, Calvin.


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Jackson Detke's comment, November 12, 2012 8:31 PM
I personally think this was a very well chosen current event, Calvin. It must have taken a while to find this! The fact that a woman was run over by a car in real life ties very closely to the dramatic events of chapter seven where Myrtle got run over by Daisy. Plus you added some personal appeal when saying that you felt more strongly about a person dying in real life than someone getting run over in a book. All in all, good job, Calvin.
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Tom Buchanan's Theme Song- Tyler, the Creator- Yonkers

Tom Buchanan's Theme Song- Tyler, the Creator- Yonkers | The American Dream- Freedom to Do What We Want to Do djjd2150 | Scoop.it

(NOTE TO READERS:  This blog post contains extremely explicit language, so just be aware before you read it or the website it's from.  Do not read it if you think it's not for you.)

 

I chose this song to be Tom Buchanan's theme song because it's extremely cynical, just like Tom.  Tyler, the Creator's lyrics are like little bits of Tom Buchanan's personality.  Given that sometimes, this rap is misogynistic, such as in the line "about 5-7 of his *****-es in my bedroom", I think that is exactly like Tom, given that he's cheating on Daisy with Myrtle.  Tom's also racist, and hey, given that Tyler, the Creator is black, if Tom would say what Tyler, the Creator says, particularly "but where the fat ones at?  I got something to feed 'em, it's some cooking books the black kids never wanted to read 'em", wouldn't that make Tom racist?  Another line, "All I want, **** money, diamonds and *****-es, don't need them", symbolizes Tom's riches, as well as his 'girl problems' again.  Finally, "I'm stabbing any blogging ****** hipster with a Pitchfork," and "**** the fame and all the hype, G" represents how Tom doesn't think well of the new money generation in West Egg.  

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Is the "American Dream" really possible? -Curiosity

Is the "American Dream" really possible?  -Curiosity | The American Dream- Freedom to Do What We Want to Do djjd2150 | Scoop.it

Okay, yes!  I agree completely with this article.  It's not about success financially, it's about pride.  Passion.  Faith in others.  As stated in the article, "when identifying important components of the American Dream, income and financial success were last on the list; first up was a sense of personal fulfillment."  That's exactly what I'm talking about.  It doesn't matter if America's economy is slowly going down the toilet, because we've got something better-- ourselves.  What if, say, one has a job that earns them the status of upper class-- but they fricking HATE their job?  And what if one has a job that makes them flat-out broke-- but they LOVE it?  For the latter, a great example would be my stepsister, Sarah, who is an opera singer.  I don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up yet, and how much money I'm going to make, but what I do know is that I've come so far-- and grown along the way-- and that I'm proud of the things I've done, for myself and for others.  When I pack up my things and leave for college, I'll know it's going to be the end of an era, and I'll miss all of my friends dearly. Honestly I think the old idea of "the American Dream" is extremely flawed, and hey, it's called stagflation for a reason.  'Nuff said.  Find something worth working toward for you, and then work towards it.  End of discussion.

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In a way, Obama's like Gatsby...

In a way, Obama's like Gatsby... | The American Dream- Freedom to Do What We Want to Do djjd2150 | Scoop.it

Completely contrary to my beliefs, I'm going to compare Obama and his plans for America to Gatsby and his 'dream.'  Not too long ago, as we all know, Barack Obama completely screwed up on one of his presidential debates with Mitt Romney.  Not only were the Republicans mad at him, but so were the Democrats.  Don't get me wrong; I believed what he was saying.  He just didn't say it well enough to appeal to the audiences.  In other words, he kind of stuttered.  Okay, here comes my inner conservative side...  In a way, Obama's reach is exceeding his grasp, much like Gatsby's.  Gatsby wanted Daisy to love him.  Barack wants America to prosper.  But for both, the methods in achieving both of these things are flawed.  Due to the fact that half of America, let alone the majority of Congress (it's likely), is against Obama, and that Obama's putting us in serious debt currently (God, I think I'm going to kill myself for saying that) with his ideas, this way of trying to get America to prosper is more self-destructive than productive.  This isn't much different from Gatsby, who resorts to crime and bootlegging in order to become rich and provide the illusion that will convince Daisy to love him again.  That won't work.  The past can't be repeated, and odds are we won't be able to get back out of our debt.  And let's face it, when was the last time we had a SANE President in office?  Maybe the '60's or the 70's?  Anyway, that's basically what I'm trying to say.

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The Jazz Age

This article talks about something I personally find interesting-- the Jazz Age.  The reason I find it interesting is because it's exactly how the book "The Great Gatsby" describes it-- it's like a party every day, any day.  The Jazz Age, also known as the "Roaring Twenties", was a golden era of America, one filled with crazy parties, lavish lifestyles, glamorous celebrities, tons of money, and beautiful young women all over the place.  The younger generation set themselves apart from the older generation here, which is why, to the modern day, most kids just like to have some good dirty fun.  The girls were also dressed particularly revealingly, as the article says, "They shocked the older generation with their new hair style (a short bob) and the clothes that they wore were often much shorter than had been seen and tended to expose their legs and knees."  Also, another heavy element of this fantasy era was booze.  The Prohibition era existed during the same time period, and as a result, gangsters illegally and secretly sold alcohol to people at restaurants.  Still, the Jazz Age sounded like a fun time for America, and it was a shame that it had to come to an end in 1929 when the Great Depression began. 

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Why books are banned | ACLU of Texas

Why books are banned | ACLU of Texas | The American Dream- Freedom to Do What We Want to Do djjd2150 | Scoop.it

I believe this article makes a solid point.  Many banned books are actually not only fun novels to read, especially books like Harry Potter and Twilight, but they're also important to read because of their message.  The author's perspective and philosophies of life, which are often wrongly censored by governments and literature organizations either due to being "untasteful" or due to the cruelty of freedom-restricting totalitarian governments.  Books are information, after all, and now that it's the 21st century, I believe we should have the freedom to read and know what we want to read or know.  Books are often banned due to foul language, violence, horror, sexual content, and racial, social, or political offensiveness in general.  However, what these organizations don't realize is that most people nowadays are used to stuff like this in the media.  Some even like it, and I think that we the people should have the right to judge whether a book is worth reading or not.

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