Thursday, May 19, 2011
I really enjoyed work experience, I liked working in the village at Lyons Cookery school because I really enjoy cooking. My other work experience was in the electronic engineering department in Maynooth College which I also enjoyed because I learned about the job.
Another thing that I enjoyed was making new friends, and all the trips that we have gone on. We went to Carlingford, the Croke Park museum, The young scientist, a drama competition, a ballet competition, National museums in Dublin, mini company competitions and Scifest.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
There are many themes that are relevant in this book, such as wealth, love and Loneliness. The theme that I find most relevant is Wealth.
In the Great Gatsby money is one of the most important things in the world. Before Daisy met Tom she had a relationship with Gatsby, she grew to love him, despite the fact that he was poor. After Gatsby left for war, Daisy married a man called Tom Buchanan, it is clear that they do not love each other, and the only reason she married him was because he was a rich and powerful man. When Gatsby returned from war he got into the gambling business, he made a lot of money and started to have elaborate parties. He knew that by doing that he could show off his money, these parties were open for anyone to attend.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was the characters.
Jay Gatsby is a very mysterious, and extremely wealthy character. He is famous for the lavish parties that he throws every saturday. But no one knows where he comes from, what he does, or how he made his fortune. As the novel progresses Nick learns that Gatsby was born James Gatz, to a poor family, he transforms himself into the wealthy Jay Gatsby. He worked for a millionaire, which is what made him determined to become wealthy. Nick also discovers that he met Daisy while training to be in the army. Nick finds out that Gatsby made all his money through criminal ways, as he was willing to do anything to get the social status, to get daisy back.
Fitzgerald portrays Tom as a very arrogant and racist man. This is evident when he says "If we don't look out the white race will be-will be utterly submerged...It's up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things". He says this to Nick, Daisy and Jordan. Tom's arrogance is also shown when we learn he has been unfaithful to his wife Daisy. This is discovered through a conversation between Jordan and Nick while Tom and Daisy are arguing inside.His affairs have been longstanding and frequent. This becomes apparent when Daisy is discussing her daughter's birth with Nick. Daisy states: "she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where". Tom's arrogance is transparent; his wife was giving birth while he was with a mistress. He is so self-absorbed that he fails to recognize the immense affect his actions have on the people around him. Daisy has some indication that Tom has been cheating on her which exhibits further proof of his callousness and arrogance.
Nick Carraway, is a young man who moves to New York in the summer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populated by the new rich, a group who have no social connections and who like to show off their wealth. Nick’s next-door neighbour in West Egg is a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, who lives in a gigantic mansion and throws extravagant parties every Saturday night.
Nick is unlike the other inhabitants of West Egg—he was educated . Nick drives out to East Egg one evening for dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom. There he finds out that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson and that Daisy is aware off it. Myrtle begins to taunt Tom about Daisy, and Tom responds by breaking her nose.
As the summer progresses, Nick eventually gets an invitation to one of Gatsby’s legendary parties. Nick meets Gatsby himself, a surprisingly young man. Gatsby asks to speak to Jordan alone, and, through Jordan, Nick later learns more about his mysterious neighbour. Gatsby tells Jordan that he knew Daisy in Louisville in 1917 and is deeply in love with her. He spends many nights staring at the green light at the end of her dock, across the bay from his mansion. Gatsby’s extravagant lifestyle and wild parties are simply an attempt to impress Daisy. Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy.
In the Great Gatsby there poverty and wealth are two things that are evident throughout the book. The upper class people from East egg feel threaten from the people of West egg who are considered the new rich people. The new rich people have no social connections to those in East egg, they are made up of people who were not educated and who made their money through illegal ways. They like to show off their wealth as much as possible. The people of East egg are the more fashionable upper class, who were educated and who made their money through working or inheritance.
Religion does not play a huge part in the life's of the people of East and West egg. When God does appear, it is only in George Wilson’s dialogue, when he lets his wife know that she can’t fool God, that he sees and judges all.