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Hello Scansion Experts,

There is new/reiterated information about your collaborative project in Canvas and above under the Assignments tab.

Change to Applied Theory Post Assignment

Hey folks–

I am changing the TIME that the applied theory post will be due, starting this week.  Instead of being due before class on the assigned day/theory, the posts will be due no later than midnight on that day (that is, AFTER class if you wish to wait).

Choose Dates/Topics for Applied Theory Posts!

This is another Doodle poll; for each theory listed, up to three students may sign up.  The link for the 9:30 section is here, and the link for the 11:00 section is here.

The basic gist of this assignment is as follows:  Each student will be assigned to one specific theoretical movement early in the semester and a schedule will be posted on the blog.  On the day we read about that theory, you will post to the blog an analysis of a film, song, or children’s book that is clearly informed by the theoretical questions and vocabulary for that critical group.  500-750 words.

Canvas now has an assessment rubric for this assignment, and there is a word document with the assessment criteria on the Rubrics page under Assignments above.

Psychoanalytic Theory and Marxist Theory, both in Week 3, are available if you want to do this assignment early!

Jordan’s Bridge to the Blog: Effects of Wealth

Leaving our class discussion today I felt like I had so many things I could write about on Gatsby. Discussing the book in class has definitely opened my eyes up to things I never even realized before today about this book. The one thing I felt that stuck out the most to me was the effect of wealth on the characters. While reading, the main question I asked myself was ” Does money really buy happiness for these characters?” And the answer is no. Having a lot of money and extravagant things such as houses and cars does not fulfill the characters happiness in the end. Instead it leads to control, corruption, and greediness.

It seems that having money in Gatsby makes you powerful and in control. For example Tom, Daisy’s husband, is very wealthy. He knows Daisy will never leave him because he provides and gives her everything she wants. Therefore controlling her and knowing she will never leave. Gatsby as well thinks that having money makes you powerful. He thinks having a huge house, extravagant parties, nice cars, and expensive shirts will impress Daisy and rekindle their love for one another. Starting out with nothing, Gatsby is now blinded by his wealth and does not realize it cannot buy yourself love and happiness.

Wealth also makes the characters in this book always wanting more. Gatsby of course had to have the best of the best, the nicest, most expensive things to impress Daisy. I felt that since he always had to have everything left him wanting more in the end. He has everything he ever wanted…except Daisy’s love. Even when she says that she did love Tom and does not leave him Gatsby still wanted more out of her. As for Daisy, I felt that she was very greedy as well. She wanted the best of both worlds; Tom as her providing husband and Gatsby her first love. In the end I think she choose Tom because he constantly provided for her.

Along with wealth also comes corruption. The most corrupt and disgusting thing in the book is how Daisy runs over Myrtle and they do not even get out or go back to check .Tom is also corrupt because he treats Daisy poorly as if she is a material object and had no intentions of stopping his affair with Myrtle.. I guess they can live in a world where doing bad does not having consequences, having money saves their butts, and a man can break his mistress’s nose.

These are just some of the main ideas that I wanted to point out about the effect of wealth on the characters. Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy are proof that having money will not buy you happiness or love. I would like to think what you guys think of this idea? What else does wealth lead to? Feel free to add on or just let me know what you think:)