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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Learning from Literature II

In response to my Julius Caesar post, one commentor suggested that W studied history rather than literature. I find this dubious because he seems doomed to repeat so many of history's failures. Perhaps he should have studied F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel on the theme of American excess, The Great Gatsby.

I, at least, find a strong resemblance between the two ultra-rich characters, Tom and Daisy, and the ultra-rich Bush.

Fitzgerald writes of Tom and Daisy:

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

3 comments:

unhyphenatedconservative said...

Please. Anyone from the side of the political spectrum that lionizes Ted Kennedy cannot seriously throw stones about the mibehavior of the idle rich.

Kerry said...

happy valentines day mr. green!

thank you for your continued friendship and encouragement. i appreciate your time and effort.

your friend,

kerry

Lynn Green said...

Perhaps, overhypercon, you ought to read up on the logical fallacy of "unwarranted assumptions."