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Inhabited Woman Group Reflection

In reflection, Uncategorized on March 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

English 3

Group C- “The Urbanators” (Julia, Kathy, Kiro, Tori)

Group Reflection

 

A. Works cited list

 

Works Cited

 

“1.  Managua.” Managua Wiki. JungleKey.com, 1 Oct. 2010. Web.

<http://www.junglekey.com/wiki/definition.php?terme=Managua>.

 

“Advantages and Disadvantages of Urbanization.” Publish Your Articles. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://www.publishyourarticles.net/knowledge-hub/articles/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-urbanization.html>.

 

“Central Places Theory.” Central Places Theory. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch2en/conc2en/centralplacestheory.html>.

 

David G. McComb, “URBANIZATION,” Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hyunw)

 

Dead Zone. Digital image. Time Inc. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2008/0806/360_dead_zone_0617.jpg>.

 

Drought Corn. Digital image. Purdue. N.p., n.d. Web.

<https://ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/PublishingImages/TopStory/drought-corn.jpg>.

 

Eric Volz. Digital image. Crime and Investigation. Crime and Investigation, n.d. Web.

<http://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/eric-volz/biography.html>.

 

Frederickson, Jon. “Guilt: Conscious and Unconscious.” ISTDP Institute. ISTDP Institute, 8 Apr. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. <http://istdpinstitute.com/2012/guilt-conscious-and-unconscious/>.

 

Goodman, Louis Wolf., William M. LeoGrande, and Johanna Mendelson. Forman. Political Parties and Democracy in Central America. Boulder: Westview, 1992. Print.

 

Harding,Timothy, and James Petras.Democratization and Class Struggle. Vol.15 Thousand Oakes: Sage Publications, 1988. Print.

 

Hoyt, Katherine. The Many Faces of Sandinista Democracy. Athens: Ohio University Center for International Studies, 1997. Print.

 

Joel, Mukungu Philip. Urbanization Level (Nicaragua). Digital image. Nicaragua. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://ww2.unhabitat.org/habrdd/conditions/centamerica/nicaragua.htm>.

 

“Managua.” Managua. Helicon Publishing, n.d. Web.

<http://www.talktalk.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0004639.html>.

 

Managua.” The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2012. Encyclopedia.com. 23 Mar.

2013<http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

“Managua.” Urbika. Sdu Uitgevers, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://www.urbika.com/cities/view/845-managua>.

 

Nicaragua GPS Map. Digital image. Travel Maps. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://www.gpstravelmaps.com/nicaragua.php>.

 

Nicaragua Land Utilization and Vegetation Map 1979. Digital image. Central Intelligence

Agency, n.d. Web.

<http://www.zonu.com/mapas_nicaragua/Nicaragua_Land_Utilization_Vegetation_Map_2.htm>.

 

Popuation. Digital image. Maps Page on Nicaragua. Matthew Koveleskie, 31 May 2011. Web.

<http://myweb.unomaha.edu/~mkoveleskie/geog3000/maps.htm>.

 

Sandinistas Soldiers. Digital image. History Shows U.S. Viciously Attacks—not Supports—real Revolutions. Richard Becker, 25 July 2012. Web. <http://counterpsyops.com/2012/07/25/watching-syria-remembering-nicaragua/>

 

Seligson, Mitchell A., and William J. Carroll, III. “The Costa Rico Role in the Sandinist Victory.”  N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop/cr/1978-sandinista.pdf>.

 

Slums. Digital image. Image Shack. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/3858/slums.jpg>.

 

The Nicaraguan Flag. Digital image. Useful Notes: Nicaragua. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Nicaragua>.

 

The Sandinistas celebrate defeat of the Somoza regime. Digital image. The Revolution. N.p., n.d.

Web. <http://ngovolunteeringnicaragua.com/history/the-revolution/>.

 

Vanden, Harry E., and Gary Prevost. Democracy and Socialism in Sandinista Nicaragua.

Boulder: L. Rienner, 1993. Print.

 

Volcano. Digital image. North Ampton. N.p., n.d. Web.

<http://blogs.northampton.ac.uk/expertsatnorthampton/files/2012/01/volcano.jpg>.

 

B. Summary of ideas derived from the activity and discussion

 

Through our presentation, we wanted to present urbanization in general and how it relates to society.We focused more on the general ideas of urbanization since it is something that tends to appear in every society, including Nicaragua. In our activity, we tried to connect urbanization in relation to the Sandinista Movement by dividing different topics in space such as wealth vs. poor, work vs. home, and regime vs. movement. These topics were used in our activity, as different characters in the book were scaled depending on their actions or thoughts. We wanted to see how the different scales connected to each other, providing a larger understanding of the characters’ relations to different spaces. Through our discussion, we picked different passages within the book that showed the different spaces and shared further thoughts with the class. We brought questions that inspired the classmates to relate the characters to the given spatial situation. For instance, we discussed a passage in page 27-28 about how Lavinia reacted given a spatial situation of wealth vs. poor. Through the discussions, we thought it was interesting how Lavinia tended to feel pity for the poor while still maintaining a distinct line between herself and the lower class people. As a class, we thought it would be interesting to track down other moments in the book that show different reactions of Lavinia when she was given both wealth and poverty.

Overall, our main goal was to further the understanding of the book in terms of different spatial categories depending on urbanization and the Sandinista Movement in Nicaragua.

C. Description of the obstacles and solutions to your group’s success

 

One of the obstacles our group faced during this project was to connect with the class during our activity. Since it was a fairly complex activity, the class didn’t seem to derive much from it at first. We then thought quickly on our feet and tried a new approach to it, rather than do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Our activity was composed of three different scales in which the participants ranked the 6 provided characters on. We then crossed the scales and they were transformed into axes. The characters then became points and we connected all the separate points of each character to create the “space” within which they interact and exist. The point was to compare the different “spaces” and how based on their location in accordance with the axes, this affected the way in which the characters interacted with each other within the book. Sadly, very few people contributed to this discussion and so we then morphed the activity a bit into what the participants seemed to think was the best representation of the characters with the scales. We flipped them, we uncrossed them and when it seemed like there was a bit of discussion we paused, and then continued moving them around to facilitate more. This problem-solving was helpful as we wanted to make sure the class got something out of the presentation rather than just ourselves.

Time management was another obstacle our group faced as we had planned on discussing at least two if not three passages during our allotted discussion time, but we had only left time for one. Our solution was just to drop the other two passages and allow for deeper discussion within the first passage. This solution proved important as the class delved past our prompt and discussed how the interactions between the characters in the passage had to do with the space in which they occupy and then continued to talk about how the space which Felipe occupies and how that might influence his relationship with Lavinia and the reason why she was put in certain situations in the first place.

Harkness Reflection Pages 133-144

In Century Girl, discussions, reflection on October 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

By Zoe, Tessa, & Serena

We read pages 133-144 in chapter 3. It starts off during the peak of Doris’ business dealing with the Arthur Murray studios and also during/near the end of World War II; Doris is experiencing a lot of success in her life while there is still a lot of political conflict in the US. The first page explains the beginning of Doris and Paul’s relationship which seems to be built through dance. The next two pages depict their wedding without any text.

Doris then embarks on an array of adventures, including the Travis’ Tender Turkeys farm, Arthur Murray Havana Dance Vacations and a television show. The two-page layout describing and illustrating Doris’ South American dancing experiences is fraught with new and foreign dances, a slew of famous names, and a combination of photographs and black and white drawn images.

America’s post-war need of recreation brought the rise in television, which Doris naturally participated in, hosting her own broadcast show. Next there’s a wordless spread of jungle animals and plants with an image of Doris and a man dancing layered on top.

The last page shows two people (perhaps Doris and Paul) watching Doris and Paul dancing on the television. The picture seems to show a tension between them. There is also a photograph of an atomic bomb outside the window which both the man and woman seem to be ignoring.


What Q’s do you still have?
+ Why were all the animals on the spread of 142-143 looking at the dancing couple of Paul and Doris?
+What makes it easy for Doris to not focus on the global conflicts happening around her?

Are you still confused about anything?
+Why did Redniss include the picture of the random dance instructor on page 139, instead of a more historically significant person?
+Are the two drawn people on pgs. 144-145 supposed to be Paul and Doris?
+Why is the spread of page 142-143 showing a tropical habitat after a discussion of TV when it could have easily been placed next to the other pages about Havana?
+Why does the aforementioned spread have cheetahs and other random animals on it?

Where would the discussion go next?
+Why where the birds included, and did they really symbolize women or freedom?
What did we discussed:
Due to Doris’ different experiences in different fields, she has opened her minds to a lot of opportunities and being successful. Also, the society at that period of time is more willing to accept women at work, which provides Doris more to explore what she thinks. On page 142, the page is not directly connected to neither the previous page nor the next page.

On the other hand, however, the page is related to Doris’ previous experience in South America, which suggests that Doris is building off on her experiences and brings that back to her own in order to make her career better. Also, on the same page, the bird was showed up many times throughout the book in many different forms. Birds symbolize freedom: freedom of ideas and actions. As a result of the change in society about freedom, Doris is able to blend her ideas and experiences in order to succeed in the fields she participated in.

On page 144, people seem to not pay attention to the explosion that is outside the window, which indicates that  people tend to focus on other entertainment in order to avoid thinking about wars. Also, contrasting what Doris has brought back the dance moves to the explosion in the war, the ways of blending the culture absolutely affects the degree of people accepting the culture. To be more specific, the dance moves that Doris learn at South Africa are added to her own dancing, which later has become popular in America, because she appears at television a lot. Nevertheless, the violate way such as wars that enforce another culture to overlap the indigenous culture seems to be less acceptable for people especially the natives.

Furthermore, on page 140 and 141, Joe mentioned that the portion of the hand-drawing and the real photograph. We thought that hand drawing involves of the progress of recreating the image and therefore, generates a new interpretation of the event. Whereas, the photograph is an instant moment of what exactly happened during that event. Joe also mentioned that by looking at the hand drawing, the readers are more able to apply their own thoughts into it, instead of a photograph, which has a defined definition of what is going on.

Kathy, Kiro & Tori’s Harkness Discussion pg.96-97 CG

In Century Girl, discussions, reflection on October 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm

This passage is about Doris cast in Eugenic Ideas and a French write M. Dekobra who wrote about the kissing style of different ethnic groups and he chose Doris as his idea of an ideal American kisser. This is placed in the 1930’s before the Great Depression and during the beginnings of film. Doris is very popular to ALL men all around the world and is the ideal women everywhere.

Doris went with the trend of society and conformed to the ideals that were placed on women at any given time. This relates to the topic of longevity as longevity can be achieved by adapting to society’s most recent demands. This conforming to perfection led her to objectification in the eyes of many men as she was whatever they wanted her to become. This objectification is seen when they say “ideal American specimen” as she is seen sort of as something that should be kept in a jar in a science lab.

This perfection added a lot of pressure and led to issues with her marriage as she wanted to dominate her husband and be in control however that didn’t conform to the societal norms for a wife like obedience and loyalty. She is a working woman, not a housewife so that also affected her marriages normality and her husband’s trust in her. She could easily have plenty of relationships with other men.

In comparison to pages 90-91, Redniss wrote additional text to explain the article and winnow the reader’s reasoning for why she would add this article. This page bridges the gap between plenty of information and nothing at all.

The general trend of the book shows that societal success and the success of the entertainment industry are directly related because ordinary people’s wealth funds the industry and after fundamental needs are met, the entertainment industry can have its share.

This shows where we would move if time permitted, as we would look at the themes created in the scope of the book in its entirety.

We were still confused as to the importance of the hand-drawn images on the page and what they represent in the context of this page’s story.

Life as A Professional Dancer

In Century Girl, discussions, reflection on October 19, 2012 at 3:41 am

We read pages 52- 59. As Doris and Mary’s careers progressed, they began to have more interactions with the upper class people who attended their plays. On page 53, Doris gets invited to take flight with George. She agrees and she had an innocence, thrilling flight. Our group does not quite know what she means by “innocence abroad” because we think Doris wants us to try and think about what she means. In that time period, people were accustomed to not telling people all of the details. Our group suggested that the bird on Doris’s shoulder signifies leadership, dominance, and control. Also in that picture, Doris is sitting in a plane, and it looks like she knows what she is doing.

On the spread on page 54-55, we noticed that the heads were connected together. We said that the story of Mary came from Doris’s head, and this is how Doris remembers Mary’s career. On page 54, Doris mentioned how Mary “made Newton’s Law of Gravitation Look Foolish.” This shows that when someone is a professional dancer, they have the power to bend the Laws of Gravitation. Also on page 54 and 55, Mary wore a lace gown that was covered in Radium paint. We thought is was odd because Radium was toxic, but this gave us an understanding that she would do anything for show business even if it was bad for her health.

The spread on page 56-57 talked about Mary’s gifts, like a piano, she did not care about the gifts. It seemed like the gifts did not phase her because she was use to it even though before she was in show business, she did not get a lot of expensive items. She was swooned by a man who was married, and we thought it was a smart decision that she did not go after him. She got all of these gifts because of her royal lineage and because she had class unlike some other dancers.

On page 58-59, there were newspaper articles talking about beauty advice and praising Mary and Pearl for their beauty. All three women show confidence through out these newspaper articles. We said that the newspaper articles were cut out and placed on billboards that was in a grassy area in the middle of nowhere. This just shows how even in the middle of nowhere people knew about Doris and Mary. On page 58, we noticed that Doris’s picture is the same picture as the one on the cover of the book. On the cover of the book, it shows Doris’s upper half of her body, but in the newspaper clipping, you only see from her shoulders up. That meant that Redniss liked that picture so much that she had to go find the picture that show more of Doris. We also said that on page 59 the grass represented all of the legs in the world and out of all of those blades of grass there is one blade that is the best and that was Pearl’s legs.

Towards the end, we were discussing about some themes that occurred throughout the book. We noticed that in this section most of it is focused on Mary’s career. This books has a reoccurring theme of people who were successful, and Mary ties into that theme. Also throughout this book there is a theme about how much money people are making. When a new person that is a main character in the book is introduced, Redniss states how much they are making. We would have liked to talk more about these themes, but we ran out of time. We would have also wanted to talk more about pages 54 and 55. We only discussed the top layer about the Newton’s Law of Gravitation, so we would like to go deeper into that.

-Megan, Ji Young, and Allie

Group Harkness Reflection

In Century Girl, core texts, discussions, reflection on October 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Our harkness is based on page 30 to 37 about values and the different perspectives of the follies’ performances, such as the perspectives from common people, audience, and the performers. From the harkness, we learned we should listen to each other, because sometimes we interrupt each other, which may distract others who want to talk about their ideas. We also learned how that period of time is different from now, that unlike our ways of entertaining, they prefer to watch dance performances. Therefore, the folly, as one group giving out dance performances, plays an important role in the society. In addition, all the pages are interconnected. For example, the texts on page 30 and 31 have connection with the picture on page 32 and 33. Further more, we found that the text on page 30 and 31, supposedly a description of the picture on page 32, does not fully support that.

We are confused how the passage can be related to Doris, because these pages seem to talk more about the folly, instead of Doris, the main character. We think it is related to Doris, because it explains why she becomes famous, as she leads the fashion trend and, as dance performer, she is very popular. We observed that the author put the glasses on way on page 30, but the other way on the next page. We are confused about why the author made this deliberate choice. Answering why the glasses face opposite ways on page 30 and 31, we said that that illustrates the perspectives from both the audience and the performers toward the dance.

For questions, we did not get to talk about the woman on page 37, and we are not sure why the author put the woman there, and what the woman represents. We are also confused about what does “it” on page 37 means. If we have more time, we want to discuss how is the woman on page 37 relates back to the previous pages. We also want to discuss more about our confusions more.

To sum up, from our discussion, we conclude some themes. What people want always lead the fashion trend. From different gender perspectives, people have different opinions on one single event.

-Grace, Suzie, Pin, Christy

Harkness Reflection

In Century Girl, core texts, discussions, passages, reflection on October 11, 2012 at 2:04 am

Our group discussed the text from page 34 to 41. On pages 34 and 35, there are descriptions of the Follies and the pictures show what the Follies looked like and what they actually represented. Page 37 tells about Ziegfeld’s trace to nobility of the Follies girls and talks about leaving conservatism and entering being more scandalous, the era of the new fashion style: sex appeal. The next page gives the profile of Ziegfeld from how he got started and his career at the point in the book. Pages 40 and 41 talk about how to be beautiful, how society abuses fake beauty, and how society was interacting and its response to the new fashion, beauty, era.
Through the Harkness discussion, we learned that beauty and appearance are extremely important at that time, and the new image of the ideal woman causes the male dominance to decrease and start to decline. Also, Follie girls’ attractive performance along with classy costumes were appealing and glamorous to people and served as the escape for people who were working hard in their daily life. Ziegfeld’s description and words that his girls were classy and have noble ancestry suggest that he also wants to be seen as a classy person. This is well represented by his purple tie on page 38 that symbolizes nobility. On pages 36-37, we learned about how Titanic is sinking in the blue ocean, which symbolizes that the sinking of conservatism. The ice berg image of the top of the page 37 represents the new ideas and new images of beauty, the sexual appeal. We came up with a structural question: Why is Ziegfeld brought up after he was introduced earlier in the text? For the answer, we thought that such introductions make readers more attached to the shows, and let them learn more about him. Perhaps, Redniss thought that it would be interesting knowing about him after his success. Lastly, we talked about the analogy of the phrase “…Urban background, the inviting semi-smile, the senous, sophisticated atmosphere, the silk and softness of the female, he thought, would be as good to city flok as a SEARS-ROEBUCK catalogue…” (Redniss 35). This shows the analogy that people watching the Follies are similar to a country person looking at a city catalog: how people want things in magazines and the viewers watching the shows either want them or want to be like them.
We are still confused about some portions of the text and came up with two questions:
1) Why do they give such detailed description and also give a picture of it as well? (page 34-35)
2) Why they have different color backgrounds and what is the significance?
We would like to expand more about the idea that we came up with on page 40: How and why does Doris, at such a young age, want to become a part of the Follies, the sex era. Also, if we had more time, we could have either analyzed a larger portion of the text or focused in on a specific page or small portion of the text.

Chapter 8 Harkness Reflection

In discussions, passages, reflection, The Great Gatsby on September 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Jay Gatsby’s Rolls Royce plays a significant role in the book. In itself it’s a prominent feature in several scenes, but it’s also important for what it represents. First, it’s yellow color can be seen as a symbol of wealth considering its brightness and similarity to gold. The car is also has a very masculine body style that reminds me of Gatsby, very macho. However, on researching on Rolls Royce I discovered another similarity.

Nick Carroway and Jay Gatsby’s relationship relates closely to that of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, the two founders of Rolls Royce. In the late 1880’s Henry Royce established a small business off of borrowed money. And actually made what was called a “Royce” car. Charles Rolls also sold quality cars in London during the same time In the early 1900’s, the two met from working in the same industry. Rolls liked the Royce Cars Henry was producing to he decided to sell them. Just two short years later in 1906, the two formed the Rolls Royce Company.

Charles Rolls business was more established at the time, so I would compare him to Gatsby.  Henry Royce was more of the idealist, hence, Nick Carroway. The two worked together in the book as the founders of the Rolls Royce Company did.  For example when Nick and Gatsby arranged the meeting with Daisy they were working together just as Rolls and Royce would on a car.

Another event that could be compared between the two pairs of men is the night Nick attended his first party at Gatsby’s house and Gatsby invited him to go fly with him the next morning. First of all, Charles Royce died in an aviation accident so I find that to be ironic because Gatsby also died in a not-so-common way. Paragraph number three of the website sited says, “At their first meeting, Royce took Rolls for a spin in the car. Legend has it that as he climbed aboard, Rolls asked Royce to “start her up.” Royce replied, “My dear fellow, she’s already running!” Soon after, they reached an agreement that Royce Limited would manufacture a range of cars to be sold exclusively by CS Rolls & Company. The success of these Rolls-Royce cars led to the formation of the Rolls-Royce Company just two years later – in 1906.” This paragraph very much reminded me of the rapport that Nick and Gatsby possess. This also reminded me of them because Nick has something that Gatsby wants. Just like Rolls wanting Royce’s car, Jay wanted Daisy, and through nick he got to her.

It’s All About the Smile

In core texts, discussions, passages, reflection, The Great Gatsby on September 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Imagine the ultimate  friendship that began with a single smile.

The passage we discussed took place at Gatsby’s party and explained how Gatsby and Nick first met. Nick had been looking for Gatsby throughout the party and eventually gave up and sat outside with Jordan. While there, he ran into a man who recognized him from the military. They talked about their time in the war. Nick figured that the man lived close by, for he had a hydroplane. Throughout the conversation, Nick wanted to ask the man his name, but he never got the opportunity. Eventually, he told the man how he had been looking for the host, Gatsby, for some time. The man then replied exclaiming how he was Gatsby. Gatsby then smiled an “eternal” smile.

When discussing this passage, we came to the conclusion that Gatsby already knew who Nick was and deliberately came up to him to befriend him. This explains why Gatsby never introduced himself before Nick brought him up. Normally, people introduce each other upon meeting. Because Gatsby wanted to ease into a conversation, he did not introduce himself. He thought it easier to befriend Nick using this tactic. We concluded that Gatsby wanted to befriend Nick to gain access with Daisy. This explains why Gatsby “picked his words with care.” He did not want to startle Nick by coming out and saying he wanted to talk with Daisy.

We also discussed how Nick and Gatsby bonded with each other because they had a strong commonality; they had both been in war, roughly around the same time as well. This gave Gatsby a topic of conversation to get Nick’s attention. Also, we concluded that because soldiers typically have a strong connection with each other because they go through similar experiences, Nick and Gatsby bonded over this commonality.

If we had more time, we would analyze the significance of Gatsby’s smile. Nick describes Gatsby’s “eternal smile” for a prominent amount of time. We would discuss the idea Nick is trying to portray and how it is significant to the book. We would also talk about the relevance of “the triangular silver scales.” Why is this included in the passage? There is also a lot of imagery at the beginning of the passage. Why is this relevant or important to Nick?

 – By Sarah, Soobin, Luna, Paris, Amanda and Jenny

Chapter 3 Harkness

In core texts, discussions, passages, reflection, The Great Gatsby on September 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

In Chapter 3, Nick pauses from telling us about his life in West Egg to telling us about his life in New York. He works in the bond business and spends his time working and studying securities. We learn that he had a short affair with someone. He people watches, but he feels alone in a crowded city. This is the first time we see the story focus on Nick Carraway and therefore understand his character and narration more.

The first thing that we were confused by is if Nick feels so lonely why doesn’t he establish relationships? He’s so focused on being an objective narrator and not getting involved in other people’s affairs. As a result, it seems like he’s narrating his own life and not actually living it. He tries to avoid conflict and an example of this is when he stops having an affair with a women simply because her brother gives him a mean look. By not having these relationships, he’s only hurting himself and that’s what makes him lonely.

We learned that Nick Carraway experiences a lot of contrasts in his life. There’s a stark contrast between the city and him being lonely. He says he’s starting to like New York City, but he provides no positive imagery of it. Instead, he describes it as energetic and racy. Racy isn’t typically used to describe something in a positive light. Even when he’s trying to talk about how he likes the city he contradicts himself. He says he enjoys visualizing what couples’ lives are like, but that only intensifies his loneliness. The city isn’t doing anything to help him as a person. The reason being is because in the city he’s surrounded by Eastern values. He works in the finance industry, which probably doesn’t exactly align with his “Midwestern” values.

We don’t really know a lot about his daily life because he doesn’t like to share things about himself. Even when he focuses this entire passage on his day-to-day life he just describes the motions he goes through – it’s extremely vague. If we had more time to discuss we would have liked to talk about what exactly his characteristics were.

The main point of the passages was to provide insight into Nick Carraway’s character.

Allie, Katrina, Kathy, and Kiro.

The Art of Being a Terrible Father–A Harkness

In core texts, discussions, passages, reflection, The Great Gatsby on September 20, 2012 at 5:00 am

In the last chapter, Nick Carraway holds a funeral for Jay Gatsby. Before the funeral starts, Nick has a conversation with Gatsby’s father, Mr. Gatz. Instead of being somber and sad, like you would expect from a parent who has to bury their child, Mr. Gatz is excited and extremely upbeat about all of his son’s possessions. He shows Nick a picture that has obviously been shown to many people over the years, and is of Gatsby’s house. He reveals that he hasn’t seen his son in two years, and that when Gatsby left home, the two men had a falling out. He understands why his son left and is seemingly grateful for all the things his son has provided for him. He doesn’t want to put the picture away but quickly shows Nick a book about a cowboy that Gatsby had written a schedule in. The schedule is very specific, and includes all things that will help him move up in the world. There are also goals for him to accomplish in no particular time frame, but all have to do with self-improvement. He says all these wonderful things about his son, talking about what a driven individual he is. He also doesn’t want to close the book and put it away, and Nick feels that Mr. Gatz thinks that Nick should be taking notes. Their conversation ceases while they wait for people to show up, but nobody comes.

Our discussion focused mainly on the aspect of Gatsby and whether or not that Gatsby really got ahead in life. The general consensus was that Gatsby did get ahead in a financial sense, but in an emotional and mental sense, he was extremely stunted. We thought that the main reason that he was so emotionally stunted was the fact that he didn’t have a good relationship with his father ever. The only thing that his father really cared about was the material possessions and financial worth of his son. Mr. Gatz admits that there was a fight and period that they weren’t talking to each other and it only was resolved because of Jay Gatsby’s money.

Our two questions that we are still confused about is that why did he choose the cowboy book over any other book in the house or in his life? What is the significance of Hopalong Cassidy? Our other question was why did Mr. Gatz go through Gatsby’s things? What was his motivation?

If we could continue, we would talk about why Gatsby wrote in a book about a cowboy over every other book. Also, we would examine the father-son relationship and how that is instrumental in the emotional development of a young boy.

-Alexa, Karina, Grace, and Sydney