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Important Elements of The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

Symbols/Allusions

Hades

Ritz-Carlton

Midas

The title (Originally, it was Diamond in the Sky)

 

Religious references?

Heaven/hell, 12 men of Fish,

Mythical/literary references?

Dante’s Inferno

Shakespeare?

Historical references?

George Washington

Lord Baltimore

General Forrest

Theme:

Elements of satire? Critique?

Elements of fantasy?

Parallels:

Fitzgerald’s own life

The Great Gatsby

Other works

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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

“Diamond As Big As The Ritz”

Hidden in the mountains
Under the earth and stone
A cubic mile of perfection
Treasure no one has known
One man came upon this mother lode
Built himself a thousand room chateau

He’s the emperor of diamonds
Master of the prize
He’s got the hold on happiness
And all that money can buy
Everyday he lives in fascination
This is not an everyday temptation, no

It’s the diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to the
Diamond as big as the Ritz

A blessing can become a curse
If you keep it to yourself
our own exaggeration
Is not so good for your health
It’s the prophecy of the unattainable dream
If you take one look behind the shine
It doesn’t always gleam

Everyday he lives in fascination
This is not an everyday temptation, no

It’s the diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me, who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to a
Diamond as big as the Ritz

(Diamond. Diamond. Diamond. Diamond. Diamond)
Coal under pressure (Diamond)
Sparkle of treasure (Diamond)
Crystalline measure (Diamond)
On a mental pleasure (Diamond)
In the corner of your eye (Diamond)
Make a grown man cry (Diamond)
All the seeds you’ve sown (Diamond)

Greed can crumble your castle walls
Greed can purchase you thrills
Power is a dangerous drug
It can maim, it can kill
It’s the prophecy of the unattainable dream
If you take one look behind the shine
It doesn’t always gleam

It was a diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me, who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to a
Diamond as big as the Ritz

It was a diamond as big as the Ritz
What you gonna do with this
Tell me, who’s goin’ to save you
When you’re a slave to a
Diamond as big as the Ritz

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Doctor Faustus

Discussion questions:

1. What is Faustus motivated by?

2. How is this play a tragedy?

3. How does Faustus’ behavior constitute a compromise of his nobility?

4. Does Faustus inspire your pity and fear in this scene?

5. Is Faustus led astray by the devils or his own doing?

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized