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    The Great Gatsby was written in the 1920’s and is considered a great American classic. The story is about one man’s love for a woman and his willingness to sacrifice anything for her. The Great Gatsby is written from the perspective of Nick Carraway, the narrator. Nick is not very present in the action, but is rather an observer. Gatsby lives in a mansion next to Nick and is an enigma to Nick. Although Gatsby is Nick’s neighbor, Nick does not know much about this mysterious man. Nick’s good friend from college is named Tom Buchanan and is married to Daisy, Nick’s second cousin once removed. They live in a Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay and are consumed by the idea of money. Tom is a strong polo player and is known to have a supercilious manner while Daisy is a cheerful, kindhearted person. In addition to Daisy, Tom has a mistress, Myrtle. Myrtle is married to Wilson, who owns a car garage that Tom goes to. Tom has an apartment that he uses for him and Myrtle when he is with her. There they have parties and spend time together away from their spouses. At one party, Myrtle repeatedly mentioned Daisy’s name and Tom broke her nose – showing Tom’s arrogant behavior. Mr. Gatsby also likes to throw parties with many people who don’t seem to know who he truly is. Some say he killed a man before and others say that he was a German spy during the war. At one of Gatsby’s parties Nick meets a golfer named Jordan Baker, who regularly attend Gatsby’s parties. Nick discovers that Gatsby is in love with Daisy and Gatsby asks Nick to invite Daisy to his so that Gatsby can come and talk to her. Gatsby and Daisy used to date when they were younger but broke up when Gatsby left for the military. The reader then finds out that Gatsby changed his name and worked all of his life to become rich in order to win Daisy’s love. One day Daisy invites Jordan, Nick and Gatsby over to her house for lunch and they later go into town. Tom and Gatsby switch cars and Tom then decides to take Gatsby’s yellow car to Wilson’s garage to purchase gas. At the garage Myrtle sees Jordan in the yellow car with Tom and assumes that she is Tom’s wife. Ironically it is the hottest day of the year - tense shift and the tensions were high between Daisy, Gatsby and Tom when they reached town. In the Plaza Hotel the three of them argue over Daisy’s love and drive home angrily. At this point they have switched cars back and Daisy drove Gatsby’s yellow car. As Tom is driving he notices a car crash. He later finds out that a car – a yellow car, hit Myrtle and killed her instantly. Wilson was furious and was determined to find out who had killed his wife. He found out that the yellow car belonged to Gatsby and went to his house. Wilson killed Gatsby in his pool and then took his own life. At Gatsby’s funeral, there were very few people. Nobody wanted to come to his funeral – not even Daisy.
    The American Dream…
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    The American Dream…
    Nick: Although we don’t really know what Nick’s American Dream is, we know that he realizes how painful it can be. Throughout the book Nick helped Gatsby with his dream to win back Daisy. When Gatsby asked Nick to invite Daisy over to talk her, Nick did. As Nick was arranging Gatsby’s funeral, he realized that Gatsby didn’t have any true friends. Nick was the only one of his friends who showed up to his funeral. Nick saw that all of Gatsby’s friends only spent time with him for his money. Nick finds out that there are more important things in life than a materialistic world that is most times unattainable.
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    own life. PLOT!!
    Daisy: Daisy strived to live in a world that revolved around her. Her American Dream was to be rich and have everything that she wanted. Daisy did not care about anyone other than herself. Daisy didn’t show any compassion for Gatsby when he died and didn’t even go to his funeral. He spent his whole life striving to earn enough money to be accepted by her and she didn’t care about him once he was gone. She only like the idea of Gatsby and did not really care about true love.
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    made him broken.broken - good observation. He lost
    I believe this book is considered a great American classic because it is relatable to most American lives. This book deals with the American Dream, the idea that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals and become rich if they work hard enough. It shows the issues that Americans face when trying to reach the American Dream. In the process relationships are broken, forgotten and formed. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby lost his relationship with his father and his relationship with Dasiy was ultimately broken. During his attempy to win Daisy back, his relationships with everyone else were fake, if not non-existent. In addition, The Great Gatsby contains various complex relationships. Most relationships are not easy and aren’t as they seem. In the book, Tom is married to Daisy but also has a mistress, Myrtle. Even though this book was written in the !920’s, it is still relatable to today. Today Tiger Woods is the center of attention in the media because of his issues with his wife and his mistresses. This book represents the struggles that Americans go through in their life trying to reach their ideal world. Many times the strive to reach the American Dream ends in tragedy just like in, The Great Gatsby. The American Dream is such a hard ideal to attain that many people fail in the attempt. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby tried all of his life to reach the American Dream that he lsot so many things – including his life. So many people can relate to this book and connect with the issues and concepts covered making it a great American classic. Whether it be the complex relationships, strive to reach the American Dream, or the struggles the characters face, Americans can relate.
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Saturday, January 9

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    Nick: Although we don’t really know what Nick’s American Dream is, we know that he realizes how painful it can be. Throughout the book Nick helped Gatsby with his dream to win back Daisy. When Gatsby asked Nick to invite Daisy over to talk her, Nick did. As Nick was arranging Gatsby’s funeral, he realized that Gatsby didn’t have any true friends. Nick was the only one of his friends who showed up to his funeral. Nick saw that all of Gatsby’s friends only spent time with him for his money. Nick finds out that there are more important things in life than a materialistic world that is most times unattainable.
    Tom: Tom had no sympathy for Gatsby’s dream to find true love. Tom’s American Dream was to be wealthy and live how he wanted to. Tom was a rich polo player who was married and had a mistress. Daisy was Tom’s security blanket that he could always fall back on her while he spent time with Myrtle on the side. To Tom a materialistic world was the kind of world he wanted to live in. What more could he ask for? He had someone to fall back on and someone to have fun with.
    Wilson: When Wilson found out that it was Gatsby yellow car that had hit Myrtle and killer her, he immediately sought revenge by killing Gatsby. Wilson’s American Dream was to have true love. He thought whoever was the driver of the yellow car must’ve been her lover and Wilson wanted to kill him. Wilson wanted Myrtle more than anything that he wanted to kill whoever it was in the yellow car that he had killed her. Wilson saw his love for his wife as the most important thing in his life and later took his own life.
    Daisy: Daisy strived to live in a world that revolved around her. Her American Dream was to be rich and have everything that she wanted. Daisy did not care about anyone other than herself. Daisy didn’t show any compassion for Gatsby when he died and didn’t even go to his funeral. He spent his whole life striving to earn enough money to be accepted by her and she didn’t care about him once he was gone. She only like the idea of Gatsby and did not really care about true love.
    Gatsby: Gatsby’s American Dream was to win back Daisy and live in a materialistic world better than he had as a child. To him, His American Dream was worth everything he had, including his family, relationships and his wants. He gave up all of these luxuries in order to reach his dream. Gatsby ruined his relationship with his father when he left home in order to become rich. All of Gatsby’s “friends” that he had in the book were truly not his friends. They didn’t care about him and only spent time with him because of his money. Gatsby was always working to become rich that he never pursued anything else. He did not take notice to his own wants but worried only about Daisy’s want to have a rich husband. Gatsby believed that the American Dream was going to be what made him feel complete, when actually the American Dream made him broken. He lost all of these luxuries and ultimately lost his life.
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    Tom: Tom had no sympathy for Gatsby’s dream to find true love. Tom’s American Dream was to be wealthy and live how he wanted to. Tom was a rich polo player who was married and had a mistress. Daisy was Tom’s security blanket that he could always fall back on her while he spent time with Myrtle on the side. To Tom a materialistic world was the kind of world he wanted to live in. What more could he ask for? He had someone to fall back on and someone to have fun with.
    Daisy: Daisy strived to live in a world that revolved around her. Her American Dream was to be rich and have everything that she wanted. Daisy did not care about anyone other than herself. Daisy didn’t show any compassion for Gatsby when he died and didn’t even go to his funeral. He spent his whole life striving to earn enough money to be accepted by her and she didn’t care about him once he was gone. She only like the idea of Gatsby and did not really care about true love.
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    his life.
    I believe this book is considered a great American classic because it is relatable to most American lives. This book deals with the American Dream, the idea that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals and become rich if they work hard enough. It shows the issues that Americans face when trying to reach the American Dream. In the process relationships are broken, forgotten and formed. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby lost his relationship with his father and his relationship with Dasiy was ultimately broken. During his attempy to win Daisy back, his relationships with everyone else were fake, if not non-existent. In addition, The Great Gatsby contains various complex relationships. Most relationships are not easy and aren’t as they seem. In the book, Tom is married to Daisy but also has a mistress, Myrtle. Even though this book was written in the !920’s, it is still relatable to today. Today Tiger Woods is the center of attention in the media because of his issues with his wife and his mistresses. This book represents the struggles that Americans go through in their life trying to reach their ideal world. Many times the strive to reach the American Dream ends in tragedy just like in, The Great Gatsby. The American Dream is such a hard ideal to attain that many people fail in the attempt. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby tried all of his life to reach the American Dream that he lsot so many things – including his life. So many people can relate to this book and connect with the issues and concepts covered making it a great American classic. Whether it be the complex relationships, strive to reach the American Dream, or the struggles the characters face, Americans can relate.
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    The Great Gatsby was written in the 1920’s and is considered a great American classic. The story is about one man’s love for a woman and his willingness to sacrifice anything for her. The Great Gatsby is written from the perspective of Nick Carraway, the narrator. Nick is not very present in the action, but is rather an observer. Gatsby lives in a mansion next to Nick and is an enigma to Nick. Although Gatsby is Nick’s neighbor, Nick does not know much about this mysterious man. Nick’s good friend from college is named Tom Buchanan and is married to Daisy, Nick’s second cousin once removed. They live in a Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay and are consumed by the idea of money. Tom is a strong polo player and is known to have a supercilious manner while Daisy is a cheerful, kindhearted person. In addition to Daisy, Tom has a mistress, Myrtle. Myrtle is married to Wilson, who owns a car garage that Tom goes to. Tom has an apartment that he uses for him and Myrtle when he is with her. There they have parties and spend time together away from their spouses. At one party, Myrtle repeatedly mentioned Daisy’s name and Tom broke her nose – showing Tom’s arrogant behavior. Mr. Gatsby also likes to throw parties with many people who don’t seem to know who he truly is. Some say he killed a man before and others say that he was a German spy during the war. At one of Gatsby’s parties Nick meets a golfer named Jordan Baker, who regularly attend Gatsby’s parties. Nick discovers that Gatsby is in love with Daisy and Gatsby asks Nick to invite Daisy to his so that Gatsby can come and talk to her. Gatsby and Daisy used to date when they were younger but broke up when Gatsby left for the military. The reader then finds out that Gatsby changed his name and worked all of his life to become rich in order to win Daisy’s love. One day Daisy invites Jordan, Nick and Gatsby over to her house for lunch and they later go into town. Tom and Gatsby switch cars and Tom then decides to take Gatsby’s yellow car to Wilson’s garage to purchase gas. At the garage Myrtle sees Jordan in the yellow car with Tom and assumes that she is Tom’s wife. Ironically it is the hottest day of the year and the tensions were high between Daisy, Gatsby and Tom when they reached town. In the Plaza Hotel the three of them argue over Daisy’s love and drive home angrily. At this point they have switched cars back and Daisy drove Gatsby’s yellow car. As Tom is driving he notices a car crash. He later finds out that a car – a yellow car, hit Myrtle and killed her instantly. Wilson was furious and was determined to find out who had killed his wife. He found out that the yellow car belonged to Gatsby and went to his house. Wilson killed Gatsby in his pool and then took his own life. At Gatsby’s funeral, there were very few people. Nobody wanted to come to his funeral – not even Daisy.
    The American Dream…
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    times unattainable.
    Tom: Tom had no sympathy for Gatsby’s dream to find true love. Tom’s American Dream was to be wealthy and live how he wanted to. Tom was a rich polo player who was married and had a mistress. Daisy was Tom’s security blanket that he could always fall back on her while he spent time with Myrtle on the side. To Tom a materialistic world was the kind of world he wanted to live in. What more could he ask for? He had someone to fall back on and someone to have fun with.
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    true love.
    Gatsby: Gatsby’s American Dream was to win back Daisy and live in a materialistic world better than he had as a child. To him, His American Dream was worth everything he had, including his family, relationships and his wants. He gave up all of these luxuries in order to reach his dream. Gatsby ruined his relationship with his father when he left home in order to become rich. All of Gatsby’s “friends” that he had in the book were truly not his friends. They didn’t care about him and only spent time with him because of his money. Gatsby was always working to become rich that he never pursued anything else. He did not take notice to his own wants but worried only about Daisy’s want to have a rich husband. Gatsby believed that the American Dream was going to be what made him feel complete, when actually the American Dream made him broken. He lost all of these luxuries and ultimately lost his life.
    I believe this book is considered a great American classic because it is relatable to most American lives. This book deals with the American Dream, the idea that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals and become rich if they work hard enough. It shows the issues that Americans face when trying to reach the American Dream. In the process relationships are broken, forgotten and formed. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby lost his relationship with his father and his relationship with Dasiy was ultimately broken. During his attempy to win Daisy back, his relationships with everyone else were fake, if not non-existent. In addition, The Great Gatsby contains various complex relationships. Most relationships are not easy and aren’t as they seem. In the book, Tom is married to Daisy but also has a mistress, Myrtle. Even though this book was written in the !920’s, it is still relatable to today. Today Tiger Woods is the center of attention in the media because of his issues with his wife and his mistresses. This book represents the struggles that Americans go through in their life trying to reach their ideal world. Many times the strive to reach the American Dream ends in tragedy just like in, The Great Gatsby. The American Dream is such a hard ideal to attain that many people fail in the attempt. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby tried all of his life to reach the American Dream that he lsot so many things – including his life. So many people can relate to this book and connect with the issues and concepts covered making it a great American classic. Whether it be the complex relationships, strive to reach the American Dream, or the struggles the characters face, Americans can relate.
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    The Great Gatsby was written in the 1920’s and is considered a great American classic. The story is about one man’s love for a woman and his willingness to sacrifice anything for her. The Great Gatsby is written from the perspective of Nick Carraway, the narrator. Nick is not very present in the action, but is rather an observer. Gatsby lives in a mansion next to Nick and is an enigma to Nick. Although Gatsby is Nick’s neighbor, Nick does not know much about this mysterious man. Nick’s good friend from college is named Tom Buchanan and is married to Daisy, Nick’s second cousin once removed. They live in a Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay and are consumed by the idea of money. Tom is a strong polo player and is known to have a supercilious manner while Daisy is a cheerful, kindhearted person. In addition to Daisy, Tom has a mistress, Myrtle. Myrtle is married to Wilson, who owns a car garage that Tom goes to. Tom has an apartment that he uses for him and Myrtle when he is with her. There they have parties and spend time together away from their spouses. At one party, Myrtle repeatedly mentioned Daisy’s name and Tom broke her nose – showing Tom’s arrogant behavior. Mr. Gatsby also likes to throw parties with many people who don’t seem to know who he truly is. Some say he killed a man before and others say that he was a German spy during the war. At one of Gatsby’s parties Nick meets a golfer named Jordan Baker, who regularly attend Gatsby’s parties. Nick discovers that Gatsby is in love with Daisy and Gatsby asks Nick to invite Daisy to his so that Gatsby can come and talk to her. Gatsby and Daisy used to date when they were younger but broke up when Gatsby left for the military. The reader then finds out that Gatsby changed his name and worked all of his life to become rich in order to win Daisy’s love. One day Daisy invites Jordan, Nick and Gatsby over to her house for lunch and they later go into town. Tom and Gatsby switch cars and Tom then decides to take Gatsby’s yellow car to Wilson’s garage to purchase gas. At the garage Myrtle sees Jordan in the yellow car with Tom and assumes that she is Tom’s wife. Ironically it is the hottest day of the year and the tensions were high between Daisy, Gatsby and Tom when they reached town. In the Plaza Hotel the three of them argue over Daisy’s love and drive home angrily. At this point they have switched cars back and Daisy drove Gatsby’s yellow car. As Tom is driving he notices a car crash. He later finds out that a car – a yellow car, hit Myrtle and killed her instantly. Wilson was furious and was determined to find out who had killed his wife. He found out that the yellow car belonged to Gatsby and went to his house. Wilson killed Gatsby in his pool and then took his own life. At Gatsby’s funeral, there were very few people. Nobody wanted to come to his funeral – not even Daisy.
    The American Dream…
    Nick: Although we don’t really know what Nick’s American Dream is, we know that he realizes how painful it can be. Throughout the book Nick helped Gatsby with his dream to win back Daisy. When Gatsby asked Nick to invite Daisy over to talk her, Nick did. As Nick was arranging Gatsby’s funeral, he realized that Gatsby didn’t have any true friends. Nick was the only one of his friends who showed up to his funeral. Nick saw that all of Gatsby’s friends only spent time with him for his money. Nick finds out that there are more important things in life than a materialistic world that is most times unattainable.
    Tom: Tom had no sympathy for Gatsby’s dream to find true love. Tom’s American Dream was to be wealthy and live how he wanted to. Tom was a rich polo player who was married and had a mistress. Daisy was Tom’s security blanket that he could always fall back on her while he spent time with Myrtle on the side. To Tom a materialistic world was the kind of world he wanted to live in. What more could he ask for? He had someone to fall back on and someone to have fun with.
    Daisy: Daisy strived to live in a world that revolved around her. Her American Dream was to be rich and have everything that she wanted. Daisy did not care about anyone other than herself. Daisy didn’t show any compassion for Gatsby when he died and didn’t even go to his funeral. He spent his whole life striving to earn enough money to be accepted by her and she didn’t care about him once he was gone. She only like the idea of Gatsby and did not really care about true love.
    Gatsby: Gatsby’s American Dream was to win back Daisy and live in a materialistic world better than he had as a child. To him, His American Dream was worth everything he had, including his family, relationships and his wants. He gave up all of these luxuries in order to reach his dream. Gatsby ruined his relationship with his father when he left home in order to become rich. All of Gatsby’s “friends” that he had in the book were truly not his friends. They didn’t care about him and only spent time with him because of his money. Gatsby was always working to become rich that he never pursued anything else. He did not take notice to his own wants but worried only about Daisy’s want to have a rich husband. Gatsby believed that the American Dream was going to be what made him feel complete, when actually the American Dream made him broken. He lost all of these luxuries and ultimately lost his life.

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Friday, January 8

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    The American experience is when you have freedom and every opportunity to succeed.
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    The American Experience is living through historical events, feeling their impact and taking that knowledge to learn, discover and leave your own mark in the world to influence what the world will become.
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Tuesday, December 22

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    A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
    By: Emily Dickinson
    A narrow fellow in the grass
    Occasionally rides;
    You may have met him, --did you not,
    His notice sudden is.
    The grass divides as with a comb,
    A spotted shaft is seen;
    And then it closes at your feet
    And opens further on.
    He likes a boggy acre,
    A floor too cool for corn.
    Yet when a child, and barefoot,
    I more than once, at morn,
    Have passed, I thought a whip-lash
    Unbraiding in the sun, --
    When, stooping to secure it,
    It wrinkled, and was gone.
    Several of nature's people
    I know, and they know me;
    I feel for them a transport
    Of cordiality;
    But never met this fellow,
    Attended or alone,
    Without a tighter breathing,
    And zero at the bone.
    In Dickinson’s poem, “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass”, she writes about a snake to which she refers to as, “a narrow fellow.” Throughout the poem Dickinson never uses the word, snake, but the reader can infer what she is talking about. The reader can infer that she is talking about a snake because of the word narrow, which means very thin, just like the shape of a snake. Each quatrain helps the reader farther infer what Dickinson is talking about. In the first quatrain Emily describes how most times people cannot see a snake but can sense its presence. The second quatrain describes how a snake moves. It starts by saying how snakes divide grass as they slither like a comb is divided. The use of the word, shaft, refers to the shape of a snake, long, thin and cylindrical. In the third quatrain Dickinson states how snakes like cold ground and slithering up to children with bare feet. The fourth quatrain describes how snakes look like whips, long and thin, and when grabbed by people slither away and disappear. In the fifth and sixth quatrains the reader can farther infer that Dickinson is describing a snake because they describe how a snake is a part of nature’s people and is zero at the bone meaning they do not have any bones.
    In stanzas 1 and 4, Dickinson describes how snakes are not normally seen but are sensed by their presence. This concept also relates to other topics such as death. Many people say that when somebody dies, their presence can still be sensed. For example, when a parent dies, adults tell the children that their parent will always be with them in spirit. They may not be able to be seen but their spirit is present and one is able to sense their presence. In addition, many people think they see objects when they are really not there. For example, people may catch a glimpse of a person that they believe is there, when really he is only a figment of their imagination. This is like a snake because people may think that they saw a snake when there really isn’t one near. Snake’s are very quick and cunning and are able to slither away quickly in order to not be spotted.
    Snakes are feared by most people yet are not easily seen. Personally I become more scared by objects I cannot see than ones that are easily seen. I think this is because my imagination creates a scarier image than the true object. Anticipation is sometimes scarier than the situation itself. Therefore, not being able to see the snake causes fear in most people because it is up to our imaginations to determine how we depict it. Not knowing where the snake is causes fear because the snake could suddenly appear and startled its viewer. When I read the third stanza about the children with bare feet, it reminded me of when I used to walk in a creek by my house barefoot and how I would always be afraid of stepping on a snake. I never really saw a snake when I was in the creek but I could sense one’s presence and caught glimpses of one before.
    In this poem Dickinson uses many different techniques of poetry including, metaphors, personifications, and end-stopped lines. “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” is one long metaphor referred to as an extended metaphor. Throughout the poem Dickinson compares different objects to a snake without ever mentioning the word, snake. In addition, in line 1 of the second quatrain, “The grass divides as with a comb”, Dickinson compares the way snakes divide grass with the divides in a comb using a simile. Because Emily ended most of her lines with punctuation, she demonstrated the use of end-stopped lines. The lines, which do not contain punctuation at the end, are enjambed lines. Dickinson also used personifications because she used objects to take place of snakes in her poem and gave the objects human-like characteristics. For example in the fourth quatrain she uses a whip-lash in place of a snake and says that it wrinkle and left when someone tried to secure it. Dickinson gave human-like characteristics to the inanimate object.
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