Ways To Live Out Your American Dream
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American Traditions and Dreams
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Banned Books Awareness: Where’s Waldo? | Banned Books Awareness

Banned Books Awareness: Where’s Waldo? | Banned Books Awareness | Ways To Live Out Your American Dream | Scoop.it

                “Where’s Waldo?” the classic picture book from the 1990’s that captivated children for hours on end was banned in 1987.  Why you might ask. Because in that edition of the book on the beech page there is a small, small image of a woman tanning with her top off.  When I looked at the full two page version of it I couldn’t find that image.  Finally after around30 minutes of searching I found it.  But I was getting really bored looking especially after I found Waldo.  Who ever found that picture had to of used a magnifying glass or something in order to find it.

                In the article the author talks about how the illustrator of the book had to censor his images in order for it to be removed from the list.  That meant putting underwear on the man changing in the tent, putting the top back on the woman on the beach and cleaning up any other images he had that might be seen as inappropriate.  But those images added humor to the pages giving children that find them something to laugh at.  Plus they are almost harder to find than Waldo is, but that is my personal opinion.


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Kevin Feller's comment, November 12, 2012 1:07 PM
The article that I rescooped was about how a where’s Waldo book was banned because it had a naked lady tanning on it. There was also a man changing in a tent where you could see his butt. The author did not mean anything by putting these pictures into this book but it seems that people think it is just a bad thing in general.
The fact that this booked was banned I think is kind of dumb because those pictures were just meant to be funny and make people laugh but it shows that many people have different views about small things like these pictures. The fact that it took you thirty minutes to find this topless woman shows that it is not meant to be seen by everyone. It is just something funny to see if you are really focused on finding Waldo. Many people have many different views but I agree with you in how it just does not seem right to ban this book for something as minute as that.
I think it is good that they let the man censor out the pictures and put clothes on the people but it still does not seem right to take the humor out of something like that when really it does not cause any real harm. This comes back to the fact that I think parents should be able to tell their kids they cannot look at these books, but I do not think that they have the right to try and ban the book from everyone.
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Gatsby's Song

Gatsby's Song | Ways To Live Out Your American Dream | Scoop.it

Jay Gatsby is a very mysterious man when it comes to things happening in his personal life because he is so confused and does not know what to do. The book later tells us that he once was and still is in love with this girl named Daisy and wants to get her back. He was in the army the last time that he was with her, but now he is a very rich man and feels that he can take care of her needs. This all comes to show that he would do anything to be with her and how the song “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton describes his emotions and motivations in life.

        In the song “A Thousand Miles” it talks about how someone was left but they want to see them again and that they would do anything to see them, like walking a thousands miles just to see them for one night. This describes Jay Gatsby because he was with Daisy much earlier in his life but then had to leave her because he was going to war. After the war was over he realized that he still loved her but she had already moved on and married another man. Gatsby did not care about this and ended up living just across the waterway. He went through all of that trouble just to live near the woman that he loves.

        The reason that “ A Thousand Miles” describes Gatsby so well is because it shows that he would do anything for Daisy. He also just wants her to love him and forget about her husband. Gatsby is a person that would walk a thousand miles just to be with the love of his life for one night.

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My American Dream

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"The American Dream is the idea that all people can have happy and successful lives if they work hard."

 

There is a difference between a dream and an American dream. A dream is something like wanting to play professional sports or wanting to become the president. The American dream is much different to me because I think it is how you want to live when you get older. I think that it is how you want to spend your time after all of the schooling.

            My American dream is to settle down in a nice place and have a great family with some kids. I would say this is my American dream because that is how everyone else is living. I don’t want to have to worry about school or anything like that. I want to have a good job with a family in a nice family. This sounds so good to me because I don’t like how school is so hectic and so demanding on a person so I want it to all benefit to a great job that I love doing.  I also feel that anyone can reach his or her form of the American dream. It doesn’t start after your out of school or even when you’re an adult. Your grades in high school and college will help you reach your dream with more ease based on how you do.

            Everyone’s American dream is different but as long as you have one and are trying to reach it then I think this will make you more successful because you have something to work towards. 

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Wealth is the Way To Go

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From the beginning of the book, “The Great Gatsby” you know that Jay Gatsby is a mysterious man that has a lot of money. The thing is that no one knows where this money has come from. Gatsby seems to have too much money and does not know what to do with it all that he just spends it in pointless ways or on stupid things. What you later find out is that he had to work hard to get to be this rich and there are some steps that helped him reach this great wealth.

            Gatsby started out helping a man on his boat and learning how to become such successful man by just watching and learning. This was his first step on his way to becoming a very successful man and wanting to do whatever he wanted. Once he had learned everything he needed to know he went in to business and became very successful. After this he was able to make a huge fortune and started to focus on things that he loved, which in this case would be Daisy from the other side of the waterway. He then wants to give everything to Daisy because he loves her, even though she is still married.

            This all comes to show that Gatsby thinks from being wealthy he can just walk back into Daisy’s life and win her love back. Money can do a lot of things but Gatsby is now realizing that money sometimes cannot buy the one thing that he wants the most.

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Jazz It Up

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The decade of the 1920's introduced America to new freedoms and ways of thinking.

 

The 1920s also know as the jazz age was a very instrumental part of our history as a country. The jazz era is considered to be the start of the modern America that we are living in today. This era took affect after the Massive war that is known as World War I.

            The Jazz age was a time of change for everyone in the fact that everyone was starting to have a different way of living. More and more people started moving into cities to enjoy the life there and that made it so there was not as many people living out on farms or in rural desolate lands. Women then started to dress in short skirts and smoke cigarettes. These women would also wear a lot of makeup and provoke older people, especially men. I big reason that this age is called the jazz age is because the musical arts became very big in this era. People like writers William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. There was also a new music that was called jazz and Louis Armstrong was the most famous man in jazz. He and a couple other men were the ones to really bring this music to the Broadway shows and concert halls.

            This shows that the roaring 20’s was a huge of change for everyone around the country. The way of living was changed and many things about it seemed very odd, but this is how our country went through to be the thriving nation we are today.

 

 

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Books Should Not Be Banned

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The Catcher in the Rye. The Scarlet Letter. Huckleberry Finn. Harry Potter. The Diary of Anne Frank. These are just some of the books that are banned in high schools all around the country.

Books are a way for people to get away from everything around them. It is like having a whole different world inside your head. Everyone should be allowed to choose what they want their secret world to be like and banning books is hindering that.

Books are being banned in schools and even in whole communities. Books being banned at schools are not a good thing because it is putting limits on what children can read or learn about. I think that books should never be fully banned, but should have an age mark or maturity level put on them like movies and video games. This would then let parents and children choose what books they want to read. This seems like the best way to make it so there are no more banned books. Just because one child’s parents does not like a book or maybe a teacher does not like a book doesn’t mean you have to ban the book from the whole entire student body our even the community. I like how it is really hard to ban a book at Carmel High school because it does not let strict parents come in and just say they don’t want the book.

I feel that banning a book is very bad and that the only way for us to stop it is for everyone to come together and say that not everyone has to like the same books or even agree with them. If you don’t like it then don’t read it.

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jack's comment, October 29, 2012 12:02 PM
I like your idea about maturity levels, I think that would be a much better choice than banning.