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Ex-police chief gets 2 years for beating restrained inmate, breaking his nose

Ex-police chief gets 2 years for beating restrained inmate, breaking his nose | The Banning of Books | Scoop.it

This article reminded me of Tom Buchanan when he broke Myrtle’s nose. Myrtle mentioned Daisy’s name during a conversation and Tom did not want Myrtle to mention her. Myrtle said she could say her name whenever she wanted and started repeating her name over and over again very loudly. Tom tried to keep her quiet and accidentally broke her nose in the process. This is just one example of how Tom Buchanan objectifies women. Tom objectifies women by treating them as mere objects, meaning that they can be bought and easily replaced. This is even more so due to his large fortune. Daisy does not say much about the incident because she knows that Tom could leave her if she did and her main goal is to become rich and to get out of the state of poverty she is in. She knows that her only way out of this is through Tom, so she keeps quiet. This is just one incidence. Another incidence of Tom objectifying women is him having an affair in the first place. This shows that he thinks that women are replicable. Because of his massive fortune he can just by himself another one and cover it up. Just as this police officer used his power and authority over the innocent inmate, Tom uses his power and wealth against women.


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Myrtle is a cunning and devious woman who is looking to improve her quality of life by marrying a rich man that can give her everything she wants. At the beginning of the novel, Myrtle lives in the Valley of Ashes with her lower class husband, George Wilson, who works in his old, run down garage where he fixes cars for a living. Later, we learn that Tom Buchanan, a very wealthy ex-football player who now lavishes in the joys of life without a care in the world, is having an affair with a woman from New York. We then find out that this woman is Myrtle. Myrtle wants Tom to leave his current wife, Daisy, and marry her. She wants him to do this for her own personal improvement of quality of life. She also wants to do this because Tom has the ability to give things to Myrtle that George never could. In other words, Myrtle wants to marry Tom for his money. In today’s society we would classify her as a “gold digger”. According to dictionary.com, a gold digger is defined as “a woman who associates or marries a man chiefly for a material gain.” This fits Myrtle perfectly because she is only marrying Tom for his money or her “material gain.”

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About Banned & Challenged Books | American Library Association

Every day thousands of books are taken off book shelves to prevent society from reading them. These books that are hidden from the common person’s eyes are “banned” or “challenged” books. Books become banned because members of society object to a topic or concept in that novel. Most of these books are banned because they contain bad language, references to illegal drugs and alcohol, or describe sex and nudity. Some are objected to because they are considered racist or offend a religion’s viewpoints. Parents are normally the people who want to have a book banned in a school district. The parents often believe that their child should not be exposed to what they consider a bad influence. You may think that this literary censorship occurs in far off countries, but it is often closer than you think. In 1974, Of Mice and Men was banned in Syracuse, Indiana for bad language. This is a book considered a literary masterpiece that is openly read in English classes all across the state. Some books that are banned are a complete surprise. The Harry Potter series has captivated both children and adults across the world, it is found in the window displays of almost all bookstores, and has sold millions of copies. Yet, these magical books top the list of recently banned books because of their basis on witchcraft. It seems impossible to imagine that one of the most popular series in the world, one that I have read several times, could possibly be banned.

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What Is the "American Dream"?

What Is the "American Dream"? | The Banning of Books | Scoop.it

I belive that the American Dream is the idea that anyone of any race or gender in the United States can live a happy and successful life as long as they work hard. I believe that anyone can achieve a happy life as long as they work hard. It does not matter what background they come from. I often hear stories about children that were brought up in complete poverty rise out and become someone much happier. This can also work in the other direction. A child could be brought up in a wealthy family and have all the opportunity in the world but end up failing out of college and work at a minimum pay job that they don’t want and be completely unsatisfied. This is essential in the way I live my life. I work hard in everything I do whether it is sports or school. School comes first. I put almost all of my time into my studies so I can do whatever I want when I grow up. When im not doing my schoolwork I am practicing my favorite activity, hockey. I work hard now so I will be happy and satisfied with my self when I get older.

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Schwarzenegger admits habit of keeping secrets, including multiple affairs - CNN.com

Schwarzenegger admits habit of keeping secrets, including multiple affairs - CNN.com | The Banning of Books | Scoop.it

This article talks about Arnold Schwarzenegger and how he has hidden many things from his wife throughout their relationship. One of the main things that Schwarzenegger hid from his wife has been his multiple affairs. When he was confronted about having these affairs he would always deny being involved with the alleged women because “it always had worked”. Instead of respecting his wife and not being involved in affairs, he tried to sneak around his wife with multiple women. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lot like Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan is married to Daisy at the beginning of the book, but we learn shortly after the start of the novel that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Instead of being loyal to his wife, like Arnold, he decided to cheat on her to have a more attractive lover. He does not only deny that he is having an affair, he also discriminates against women by having his affair and being a sexist. Although Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a sexist, he still objectifies women by having affairs with multiple women. He treats women like they are objects that he simply obtains and does not actually have a passion for. Although Tom Buchanan does not have the magnitude of affairs that Arnold, he still objectifies women by treating them like one of his many objects that can be bought by his large fortune. Tom also broke Myrtle’s nose at a party when she kept repeating his wife’s name. Myrtle doesn’t really get mad because of the huge money disparity between them. If Myrtle left Tom she would have to go back to her husband George and she would never be rich. Arnold Schwarzenegger also had a child with his long time housekeeper. Nine months after the end of the affair she gave birth to a boy. In both of these cases, the men use their superior wealthy status to keep the women quiet.

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The Jazz Age

The 1920’s was a time of American consumption. Americans everywhere had large amounts of money for the first time and seemed to be spending it very quickly. This was a time of American happiness. Americans were having such a good time that this decade was nicknamed the “roaring twenties.” The society as a whole was changing. Every thing from the way people dressed to the way they talked was new. Women changed the way they dressed by wearing skirts that showed their ankles and knees for the first time. Women also wore a haircut called a “bob”, which is a short style. People now bought the exact same goods all across the country as well. This was due to the new advancements in mass production and chain companies. This gave Americans a new way to associate with brands which they were not able to do before. Before the jazz age, dances were mostly slow and smooth. During the 1920’s, jazz was introduced. This was far quicker and much more exotic music than had ever been played in history. This was a very surprising culture shock to the older population that preferred their slow and elegant music. The jazz age, with all its cultural advances, was one of the biggest changes in culture in American history.

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