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American Dream: The Untenable Perception of Reality

Posted by Elle Latham on June 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.” This quote from “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald encompasses the beliefs of millions in the American Dream. People believe that coming to America bestows upon them certain unalienable rights that they wouldn’t normally have access to in their home country. These rights have been ince...

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School+Me=No Thanks

Posted by Elle Latham on April 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In Michael Moore's Idiot Nation, Moore points out how idiotic we are as a nation and how stupid the media themselves are. He states that if the news anchors on Fox News were asked to complete a questionnaire to test their knowledge, they would fail. He called Fred Barnes, cohost of The Beltway Boys (who griped about how kids these days don't know what The Iliad and The Odyssey are) if he knew what the Iliad and the Odyssey were. Of course he didn't. Full disclosure: I don’t either.

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American Myth

Posted by Elle Latham on April 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In “Horatio Alger”, Harlon L. Dalton counters the titular author in his view of the American Dream in his tome “Ragged Dick.” He says that Alger’s version of the American Dream doesn’t really exist. That it is too contrived and not indicative of the way people live now. He claims that the story of “young boys born into poverty…transcend(ing) their station in life by…hard work, persistence, initiative, and daring”, is fictional and sh...

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Freedom of Choice-English 101 Essay

Posted by Elle Latham on March 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (3)

 Linda Hirshman states in “Homeward Bound”, an article that explores the phenomenon of elite women leaving the workplace for the “Second Shift” at home where they are resigned to do housework, that women are doing themselves a disservice by becoming stay-at-home mothers (Hirshman 1). She claims that the rising numbers of women giving up on their careers is holding us back. In response to this article, David Brooks submitted his op-ed piece “The Year in Domes...

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The 50s: An Examination-English 101 Journal

Posted by Elle Latham on March 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

What we miss about the 50s, according to Stephanie Coontz, is the facade that was portrayed on TV and in our daily lives. We saw on our favorite TV shows a glimpse of what we wanted to be. It was the quintessential nuclear family. It was the mother doing housework, the working dad who knew best, and the perfect little family of white people. Minorities weren't represented but the music of that era presented a change that would occur in the 60s with the civil rights movement. There was a bunc...

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