Throughout the course of recorded history people have always had ambitions of living a safe and secure life free from excessive control. The discovery and expansion of America created a melting pot for people from all over to immigrate and begin new lives. The people migrating to America dreamed of a new beginning and a flourishing lifestyle, driven by hard work and dedication. The American dream can be accomplished through perseverance and hard work to achieve our goals; and the strong sense of community to increase the well-being of everyone, not just oneself.
Douglass was not exempted from this; and perhaps due to his intelligence and young age at the time, he suffered great depression and suicidal thoughts. All this mental suffering originated from learning about exactly what freedom is and that he would never have it since he was a slave for life. Here Douglass reveals in his own words the degree of depression understanding his condition made him suffer: “I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed.” (40) By saying that he “regretted my own existence, and wished myself dead”, Douglass reveals to the reader that he would have preferred never to have been born, to having been born in slavery divested of any probable chance at freedom.
The world we live in now is filled with all sorts of different ethnic and diverse individuals. “What makes someone American isn’t just blood or birth but allegiance to our founding principles and faith in the idea that anyone - from anywhere - can write the next chapter in our story.” - Former President Barack Obama. The level of improvement that we have faced as individuals is remarkable. One may say that immigrants have enriched and strengthened the lives of the American people.
He didn't want to be prisoned as a result of speaking out against British law; his obscurity was for the best, for it was the concepts in his work that quickly became popular and eventually turned Common Sense a bestseller in America during that time period. The pamphlet spread through the colonies with a distinct meaning: America needs to be liberated from Britain. Thomas Paine's work became popular for many reasons, but the most important being he used arguments, allusions and vernacular that the average person could understand. This pamphlet inspired many people to get involved in the struggle for freedom. It also prepared the Americans for the writing of the Declaration of Independence; one of the most important documents in human history.
The 1920’s in the United States also known as roaring twenties was a time for change and rebirth for a nation that just got done with a savage war. There were many technological advancements that brought about this change with large scale production methods and helpful inventions to make life easier. Although these advancements were very good for our society none was more important than the cultural movements throughout the 1920’s specifically the Jazz Movement. The Jazz movement in the 1930’s has had a tremendous impact on the American Identity by bringing different American cultures closer together which America a stronger country.
The Raven: Sound Devices Edgar Allan Poe has been called literature's “most brilliant star,” but he is also very known for an unstable life. Poe was abandoned by his father at birth, loss his mother at 3, and was kicked out of college at age 18. As a result, his upbringing would allow him to struggle much of his adult life; but Poe did land jobs at some literary magazine companies, opening the opportunity for him to write short stories. Poe most famous story “The Raven” was also famous because of his use of sound devices that allowed him to create tone allowing the reader to better understand the story. One sound device he uses is internal rhyme.
Willie has spent his whole life trying to attain success and the love of those around him. He does this so that he will be remembered when he is gone like other salesmen around him such as Dave Singleman who had hundreds of buyers and salesmen at his funeral (Miller, 81). Through his pursuit of this idea he starts to push the same dream upon his kids, especially his son, Biff and becomes obsessed with the idea. Willie ultimately fails by not only Biff not living up to his expectations but when he dies, no one except his family and a few friends attend his funeral (Miller, 137). Though Willie was driven enough to attain the expectations he had in life, they were very unrealistic in a sense due to his position in life.
Martin Luther King Jr. inexplicably opened the eyes of Americans across the nation with his role in the movement and his use of resonating imagery, excellent emotional appeal, powerful voice, and evocation of logic in his “I Have a Dream” speech. With such an enthralling rhetoric he gained a vast amount of support and exponentially increased the pride in standing up for what’s righteous and just. Exemplifying the throes of being a colored person, King evoked sympathy whilst simultaneously applying the valid logic that no human should be subjected to lesser standards. His rhetoric wholly changed American history that day and thus conveyed his ability to maintain equanimity throughout all of the
America is known as the melting pot of the world because of the diverse and blended cultures that are located throughout the country. America accepts people from all different places and ethnicities in the world and allows them to join in, in being a part of this wonderful country. These are only but a few of the reasons so many people dream of coming to America to start a new life. What would America be like without the thousands of immigrants that have shaped its culture? Immigrants have contributed to the world of fashion, the music industry, and the entertainment business of America in significant ways.
Since the vast majority of these cultural products are produce in America it is not surprising that they have an American centered view of the world. UNESCO has produced an study on the flow of cultural products which puts numbers to this observation, at least when talking about world cultures (UNESCO. 2005). I like your use of quotes and citations. As you can see I am also trying to include them
The author Cormac McCarthy just seemed to give us an abundance of tragedy and violence as the father of the boy keeps trying to tell him that they’ll make it even though everything seemed to be bleak. Anybody who used to be anybody was no longer important anymore, no matter what your occupation used to be in the old world. This newer world seems to be extremely backwards and even one of my favorite quotes in the book proves it, “You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” It shows that nothing in the old world matters since all you can seem to remember are the dreadful things in order for you to know that in this time and age the situation are dangerous, which makes you push yourself in order to survive. Since their new world was post- apocalyptic, there is no more relying on law enforcement agencies or in humanity either.