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The Great Gatsby Museum

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Kevin Kallukaran

on 26 January 2014

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The Great Gatsby Museum
Are there no dreamers left here anymore?
Are we the generation that was left waiting for?
Or are we patiently burning, waiting to be saved?

Our heroes, all wallowing in West Egg
Staring across at old East Egg
They’re now being led by women from an older day

Do you still believe in all the things that you stood by before?
(That you stood by before.)
Are you out there on the front lines, or at home keeping score?
Do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate?
(Bricks that seal your fate.)
Would you rather be the architect of a life to create?


Nick laid out the blueprints,
Gatsby poured down a base
Concrete solutions to seduce our Daisy.
But when they were gone
Would Tom really let them take his place?

Yeah, will it be the cynic, back from war?
The cliche apathetic, waiting at the door
The trusting complicit who deliberately ignores

Do you still believe in all the things that you stood by before?
(That you stood by before.)
Are you out there on the front lines, or at home keeping score?
Do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate?
(Bricks that seal your fate.)
Would you rather be the architect of a life to create?
Journal Entries
Don't you remember when we were young, and we wanted to make a home out of fire?
Somewhere deep down, I know you do.
And don't you remember when we were young, and I had to leave to fight that fire?
'Cause I still am, and I still do.

Fear no mistake, do not be afraid
To bear the burden of doing
What we’re thinking anyway.
Let's raise the stakes
On the bet we made.
Let's decide to be the architects,
The masters of our fate.

Yeah, we still believe in all the things that we stood by before.
(That we stood by before.)
And after everything we've seen, there may be even more.
I know we're not the only ones and we were not the first.
(We were not the first.)
And unapologetically we stand behind each word.

One song to exemplify Gatsby's relationship with Daisy When a Man Loves a Woman by Michael Bolton. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby has an unwavering love for daisy “He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” ( Fitzgerald 91). This is after Gatsby has just reconnected with Daisy for the first time in years. But even though Gatsby hasn't talked to Daisy he has bought his house where it could be seen from hers and lived his life according to the principles he thinks would help win her love. When a Man Loves a Woman also represents the tragic end to Gatsby and Daisy’s love “ When a man loves a woman Deep down in his soul She can bring him such misery If she is playing him for a fool He's the last one to know Loving eyes can never see” ( Bolton). Daisy brought Gatsby misery when she ended their affair once she learned of the way he had acquired his money also she brought him the ultimate misery when her negligence driving led to the the death of Gatsby. Gatsby could not see Daisy for what she truly was which is a selfish materialistic person.
The girl is mine, Michael Jackson and Paul Mccartney
In The Great Gatsby two characters, Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, fight over Daisy Fay’s love and affection. This fight is best represented by the song The Girl Is Mine by Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney. Jackson represents Gatsby the idyllic young dreamer who sings “ I love her endlessly ( loving we will share).” These lyrics mirror Gatsby’s unwavering love for Daisy which has lasted for years with no contact or new memories to sustain it. Tom is represented by Paul who sings “I Don't Build Your Hopes To Be Let Down 'Cause I Really Feel It's Time.” This represents the part in the novel when Tom, showing no mercy nor remorse, explains to Daisy how Jay obtained his wealth: "I found out what your 'drug-stores' were I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn't far wrong" (Fitzgerald 133). He then proceeded to end their relationship and make daisy stay with him.

Paintings By:

Karen Eland
Albert Marque
Cordelia Wilson
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier)

A song that accurately describes the vapid and narcissistic Daisy Fay is material girl by Madonna. In the book Daisy marries Tom Buchanan mainly for his money, evidenced by her reaction to his proposal when
“ She wouldn't let go of the letter. She took it into the tub and squeezed it up into a wet ball... But she didn't say another word. We gave her spirits of ammonia and put ice on her forehead.. Next day at five o'clock she married Tom Buchanan without so much as a shiver” ( Fitzgerald 76). Daisy going in to the bathtub signified her “cleansing” or rebirth from a romantic to a woman who thinks “Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me I think they're O.K. If they don't give me proper credit I just walk away” (Madonna). Daisy shuns Gatsby because he does not have the “ right” kind of credit for her so Daisy stays with Tom and doesn't even go to Gatsby’s funeral; she “just walks away.”

In the novel The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald the titular character Jay Gatsby attempts to reinvent himself. He tries to change his persona by changing from a poor boy from the Midwest into a wealthy eastern socialite. But what Gatsby didn't realize was that while he could make millions of dollars or host glamorous parties with hundreds in attendance, he would never have the status of or respect from the “old money” in East Egg. This is exemplified in the song Royals by Lorde. In it she sings, “And I'm not proud of my address In the torn up town, no post code envy And we'll never be royals (royals). It don't run in our blood That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.” The lyrics state that because of her address--one that does not necessarily not make her proud does but also does not cause her to be envious of others--she can’t be like those who have money in their blood, much like Gatsby who will never be like Tom. About Gatsby Tom said, “‘An Oxford man!’ He was incredulous. ‘Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit’” (Fitzgerald 122). This quote shows the no matter where he went to school or how much money he acquired there
Both Myrtle and Daisy have affairs in The Great Gatsby. Even though they cheat for different reasons, their actions can be expressed in the same song: Creep by TLC. Myrtle cheats because she “‘thought he was a gentleman,’ she said finally. ‘I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe’” ( Fitzgerald 34). Myrtle grew to despise her husband, George, because she felt marrying him was a mistake. To cope with her unhappy marriage Myrtle, like TLC promotes in their song, goes on to “creep yeah, just keep it on the down low said nobody is supposed to know so I creep yeah 'cause he doesn't know what I do and no attention goes to show oh so I creep” ( TLC).
Daisy also has an affair later in the novel due to the fact that she is, similar to the lyrics to Creep, at the “22nd of loneliness and we've been through so many thangs I love my man with all honesty but I know he's cheatin' on me I look him in his eyes but I'll never leave him down though I might mess around it's only 'cause I need some affection oh” ( TLC). Daisy wants to be with Gatsby because he loves her and no one else, unlike her adulterous husband, and uses their relationship to get the love and affection that Tom refuses to give her. Also like in the song, Daisy knows Tom is cheating on her which is why she gives him her address book to “‘take down any addresses...she looked around for a moment and told me the girl was ‘common but pretty,’” ( Fitzgerald 104). Daisy and Myrtle both cheat on their spouses without ever divorcing their husband or even attempting to repair their marital issues.
The song Irreplaceable by Beyonce
is a fantastic representation of the relationship between Jordan and Nick. In The Great Gatsby Nick and Jordan start off on good terms with Jordan telling Nick “‘I hate careless people...That's why I like you’” ( Fitzgerald 58). Here she admits her feelings for Nick but after Nick says “‘I don’t know which of us hung up with a sharp click, but I know I didn't care” (Fitzgerald 155) Jordan ceases to care for him too. She tells him “‘you threw me over the telephone. I don’t give a damn about you now’” ( Fitzgerald 177). The same thing happens in Beyonce’s Irreplaceable Beyonce’s boyfriend, like Nick, takes her for granted which eventually leads to the end of their relationship. Like Jordan, Beyonce sings “ You must not know 'bout me,You must not know 'bout me I can have another you by tomorrow So don't you ever for a second get to thinkin' You're irreplaceable”, showing that she doesn’t need Nick nor does she want him ( Beyonce).

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