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The Great Gatsby PowerPoint (mathandscience0, assigned)

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The Great Gatsby Project, By Jason

The Great Gatsby, although containing a plot, is a novel primarily about sharing Nick’s view of Gatsby with the reader. Therefore, the most important passages to the novel are not only the ones that develop the plot, but the instances in which Nick learns information about Gatsby that causes his perception of Gatsby to change. In the first chapter, Nick tells the reader that Gatsby “represented everything for which [he has] an unaffected scorn.” This is a clearly negative opinion of Gatsby, but Nick also tells us in the same paragraph that he eventually came to admire Gatsby. The passage I choose depicts the scene in which Nick, for possibly the first time, clearly has a lasting positive opinion of Gatsby.

This portion of the passage is the background that Jordan told Nick. In this scene, both Nick and the reader learn much about Gatsby’s past and Daisy’s past, and everything about Gatsby’s past with Daisy. Gatsby wanted Nick to learn about his past and Daisy’s past through Jordan Baker. As will be shown in the next scene, Gatsby seems to want to distance himself from the possibility of rejection as much as possible. This shows that he believes Daisy will be, or already is, very important to him.

It is in this section of the passage that Nick’s opinion of Gatsby changes. To Nick, Gatsby becomes someone who has “an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as [he has] never found in any other person.” Gatsby’s humble request shows his subtle reliance on others and his hope that these others will acquiesce. The fact that he engineered the entire situation demonstrates Gatsby’s meticulous nature and his ability to plan ahead. It is possible that this was the instant that Nick began to admire Gatsby, when Nick discovered the gigantic scale of Gatsby’s plan to reunite with Daisy.

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“Watching Over Nothing” [assigned]

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Jay Gatsby, in his pink suit, watches the Buchanan household for Daisy.

It seems as though Gatsby wasted his life when he did not accomplish his sole goal to win Daisy’s heart. Nobody but Nick, and Owl Eyes came to his funeral, and that shows that nobody was truly affected by his existence. When Gatsby thought that he had finally won Daisy’s love, Daisy was just using him to spite Tom. Throughout the novel, Gatsby believes that he could reinvent the past so that he and Daisy would be together, and he has never stopped believing it. The reader knows the truth that the love Gatsby gives Daisy is unrequited, but Gatsby never has the chance to know that his love is not returned.
This scene is a perfect example of the “love corner” that is going on in the book. It is not a “love triangle” because of the simple fact that no one is returning love to Gatsby. It looks as if Gatsby could be cut out of the entire picture because he stands afar on the big lawn of the Buchanan household. To further isolate him, he wears a distasteful pink suit, which he only wears because of Daisy. He stands outside of the picture, waiting for Daisy to send him an SOS so that he can come save her. The scene is representative of Gatsby’s wait for Daisy’s love. The facts of unrequited love remain the same for this scenario, Gatsby was “watching over nothing.”
The fact that Gatsby was confident in his plan to win Daisy gives the reader hope, but in this scene, where Daisy and Tom are “not happy, but not unhappy,” the characters let the reader know that their marriage is stronger than a long lost friend who would give his life for his love.
One is comforted by the fact that Gatsby did not give up hope, but the truth remains that no matter how close on the Buchanan lawn Gatsby stands, he cannot reinvent the past, for there is not one caring person there to recreate it with.

Fashion of the Roaring Twenties- smileinc1120, ilikebutterflies, cheer2191x

Fashion and Lifestyles of the Roaring Twenties

Several fashion statements that emerged from the flapper fashion of the roaring twenties still exist or have reemerged in society today. From flapper’s high heels to bobbed haircut, reminiscence of the twenties are present in current lifestyles.

There are several periodic examples in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Nick says: “I have been drunk just twice in my life…” (Fitzgerald 29). This is a result of the prohibition movement.

“In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another” (Fitzgerald 40). Another result of prohibition.

“The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing up-stairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new ways, and shawls beyond the dreams of Castile” (Fitzgerald 40). This shows the automobile craze, the fashion statements of the bobbed haircuts and feather boas.

“…and a great number of single girls dancing individualistically…” (Fitzgerald 46). Women were now more independent and did not need a man to dance with.

In the 1920’s, Flappers were changing the ways of the Gibson Girl. Dress lines were dramatically shortened, hair was chopped off, and some dared to paint their faces in makeup. The doll’s outfits we created include Flapper inspirations, along with a modern twist. Feathers and fur were big with the flappers. Extravagant, sparkling outfits were common pieces for a Flapper to wear while going dancing. Head scarves covering short cropped hair were also trendy, as well as long beaded necklaces. Drawing inspiration from some of these Flapper fashions, we created a few outfits for our little Flapper Girl, ranging from dancing outfits to a casual outfit, and even fancy evening wear. The bold colors such as hot pink and purple added a modern look. Along with the eye popping colors, the bags our doll is sporting really modernize the look. The zebra print bag, with a strap decked out in polka dots encompasses some of today’s fashion, along with the large fur bag with a sparkling strap. Bold colors and outrageous prints are big among the fashionable in today’s society. The polka dot pattern that appears in some of the outfits, whether it is part of a dress or headband, are quite popular among the young and fashionable of today’s stylish individuals.

THEN & NOW…

Long Necklaces continue to be a fashion from the 1920s to present

Long necklaces continue to be a fashion since the 1920s

Bobbed Haircuts can also be seen on the social scene in the 1920s and present

Bobbed haircuts were popular in the 1920s

Feather Boas were characteristic of flapper girls in the 1920s and are still worn today

Flowing Flapper Dresses are the most commonly associated with the Roaring Twenties and are still around

Weather in The Great Gatsby (Assigned)

Passages Chosen:

“The day agreed upon was pouring rain. At eleven o’clock a man in a raincoat dragging a lawn-mower tapped at my front door and said that Mr. Gatsby had sent him over to cut my grass.” (Fitzgerald 88)

“ ‘Come here quick!’  cried Daisy at the window. The rain was still falling, but the darkness had parted in the west, and there was a pink and golden billow of foamy clouds above the sea.

“ ‘Look at that,’ she whispered, and then after a moment: ‘I’d like to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around.’ ” (Fitzgerald 99)

“The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer. As my train emerged from the tunnel into the sunlight, only the hot whistles of the National Biscuit Company broke the simmering hush at noon. The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into the deep heat with a desolate cry.” (Fitzgerald 121-122)

 

Analysis:

These multiple passages show how the weather surrounding the events in a story can help the reader to determine the mood of the story at that moment. For example, on the day that Gatsby is planned to meet with Daisy, it is raining prior to the meeting. In this situation, the rain represents both a melancholy mood and an anxious mood. Gatsby in beginning to doubt himself in asking Nick to do this favor for him and the rain reflects the fact that he is unsure of himself. However, when Gatsby and Daisy rekindle their friendship and love, the weather clears up and becomes sunny and beautiful out. The sudden change in weather shows the change in the character’s feelings. Now, both Gatsby and Daisy are comfortable with each other and are enjoying both their memories together and the fact that they are back together.

Also, towards the conclusion of the novel, as tension begins to rise, the weather becomes very hot. Usually with hot weather, tempers begin to rise and people become more short-fused. Fitzgerald shows this by describing how the surrounding characters are acting. For example, the woman at the train station and the people around her assume that Nick is a thief when he attempts to pick up her dropped pocketbook.

This use of the weather to portray the mood of the story was used magnificently by William Shakespeare. The two examples that come to mind are from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as Macbeth prepares to kill Duncan, he is surrounded by terrible rainstorms. Unlike in The Great Gatsby however, these storms reflect the corruption of the order instead of just anxiety. In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt’s battle is accompanied by extremely hot weather, like the conclusion of The Great Gatsby. As in The Great Gatsby, the boiling weather creates tension and flaring tempers, and in this case, leads to a fight and a death.

 

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Reality of the Upper Class (assigned)

         

             “And the Catlips and the Bembergs and G. Earl Muldoon, brother to that Muldoon who afterward strangled his wife. Da Fontano the promoter came there, and Ed Legros and James B. (“Rot-Gut”) Ferret and the DE Jongs and Ernest Lilly- they came to gamble, and when Ferret wandered into the garden it meant he was cleaned out and Associated Traction would have to fluctuate profitably next day.

            A man named Klipspringer was there so often and so long that he became known as “the borderer”-I doubt if he had any other home.   Of theatrical people there were Gus Waize and Horace O’Donavan and Lester Myer and George Duckweed and Francis Bull.  Also from New York were the Chromes and the Backhyssons and the Dennickers ad Russell Betty and the Corrigans and the Kellhers and the Dewers and the Sculleys and S.W. Belcher and the Smirkes and the young Quinns, divorced now, and Henry L. Palmetto, who killed himself by jumping in front of a subway train in Times Square.

            Benny McClenahan arrived always with four girls. They were never quite the same ones in physical person, but they were so identical on with another that it inevitably seemed they had been there before” (Fitzgerald 62-63).

            Throughout the novel Fitzgerald reveals that the people who live in East and West Egg who are very wealthy are also superficial and are not truly happy with their lives.  He demonstrates this when he has Nick talk about the people who he had met at Gatsby’s Party.  Everyone who Nick describes seems to have a variety of issues and do not seem to be happy with their lives.  For example, Muldoon strangled his wife.  This can be the result of two things.  Either Muldoon was not happy with his marriage and did not love his wife, or his wife cheated on him.  The Quinns also had an unsuccessful marriage.  They are divorced now.  Unsuccessful marriages among people who are wealthy is often a result of people marrying for money and not for love.  Another person that Nick talks about who is an example of how the people at Gatsby’s party are not happy is Henry L. Palmetto.  Palmetto later on killed himself by jumping in front of a train.  People who commit suicide usually have a very good reason for it.  They are normally depressed and very unhappy with their lives.  Many people would find it strange that a man who most likely had a lot of money and could do or buy anything he wanted was unhappy with his life.  In this passage, Fitzgerald is trying to reveal that money cannot buy happiness.  Fitzgerald also reveals that money corrupts people.  For example, Benny McClenahan.  Benny always arrived to Gatsby’s parties with 4 girls.  This tells the reader, is that he does not really love any of them and they don’t really love him.  The girls just want to be invited to fancy parties and are in it for the money.  “They were never quite the same ones in physical person, but they were so identical one with another that it inevitably seemed they had been there before” (Fitzgerald 63).  Nick is trying to say that although the girls are never the same they have similar personalities.  They are stuck up and only care about money.  This passage is important because it helps the reader get a better idea of the type of people who attended Gatsby’s parties.                   

 

 

Exquisite Corpse Poems (Class 7-8) Part 4

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Magenta purple, Magenta red
I said something once to a shiny bowling ball head that almost made my eye
magenta red
I think was the shininess of it that made my eye turn that color. Blood red with passion, vengeance and fury. Carnage and gore were an inevitable fate.
It was almost as if I was being eaten alive by those tiny red ants, and soon I would be one of
them.

I Hate bugs. MOstly bees and yellow
jackets. If I was ever surrounded by yellow jackets, I’d probably stop breathing.
What a nightmare that would be.

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Exquisite Corpse Poems (Class 7-8) Part 3

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The room was spinning,
I didn’t know where I was,
This was my escape,
Knowledge of reality and fantasy had vanished.

I was blind in my hands,
And could not group with my eyes,
My mind was void,
With room for calm.

When people express themselves, contradictions abound.
Creativity often yields new configurations of old components, but rarely completely new components.

Even the littlest bit of creativity and help from everyone can create a new component eventually.

Covering the ice cream cone with RAINbow sprinkles with help from the mail man
He was a master at his craft and
Smothered on a colorful blanket.

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