The Truly Great Gatsby

Over the past few weeks, our class has been having major discussion revolving around a classic novel titled “The Great Gatsby.” When I first started reading the book, I found it to be fairly dull and generally unappealing to a young reader such as myself. Not only did the complicated sentence structure throw me off, but the overall lack of initial plot nearly put me to sleep. However, as I delved further and further into the book, I began to understand why the author did the things he did within the story. There was a deeper meaning behind every sentence, every theme was interconnected, and life in the novel seemed to ¬†phase over into what could have been a true story.

Because the story was so life-like and moral-filled, I took more out of the book than I had initially realized. Before the discussions, I only thought about a few themes the book had, such as the role of women and the degrading excesses of wealthy lifestyles. In the BRAWL discussions, we broke the book down into little pieces, where we could really understand what Fitzgerald had been meaning to tell us. This was what hit me the most, and it hit me hard. Multiple perspectives on a situation provide for many different ideas, some more potentially true than others. After much revision, my final opinion on the book is that it described the both fabulous and unfortunate life of a self-made millionaire, incorporating many valuable lessons about wealth and love along the way.

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Top Tens of 2014

Over the past year, there have been many things that have had a big impact on my life. Today, I’ve put together a list of my top ten’s for 2014, whether they are hobbies or just things that are relevant to my life. I’ve had some good memories this past year, so this list took some real thinking to put together.

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The Power of Music

For most of my life, I’ve never been that into listening to music. That is, until the past few years. Recently, with school as tough as it is and with life as dull as it can be sometimes, music is always there to stimulate the senses and provide a means of motivation. Listening to music can provide a temporary escape from reality, a sort of “shelter,” so to speak. As we travel in our own minds from dimension to dimension, we lose track of what is actually in front of us.

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Our Start

At the beginning of class, we were all told to form a group of around four to six students that we would be working with for many months to come. We all felt pretty good about our group, considering that we all knew each other or knew of each other in some form or another. I’ve known Edward and Bryan since elementary school, Tanner is in band with me, and I’ve had a few classes with Victor in the past. Continue reading