The events that took place on September 11, 2001 may have weakened the meaning of the word “American,” however, they weren’t a full blow to the country’s patriotism. Quindlen understood that Americans were dubious about the future, so she took it upon herself to provide hope and reassurance to those not only in New York City, but across the world. In her essay, “A Quilt of a Country,” writer Anna Quindlen promotes a sense of patriotism by introducing an influential metaphor comparing the country to a quilt and numerous rhetorical questions aimed to dissolve stereotypes.
The United States has always had a lot to be proud of. With features like beautiful landscapes from deserts and forests to mountains and snow, the infamous title of ‘land of the free,’ and of course there hard won independence-which they have always found worth celebrating. The United States serves as the world’s melting pot, where the traditions of different races, cultures, genders, social classes, and any other difference can all be found in one place, though maybe living their lives in many different ways. The United States had always shown promise for so many people.
Prologue The book Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, contains specific days and events that have not been actually considered a “big deal”, but has significantly contributed to the present situation in America. It explores themes such as; National Identity, American Democracy, American Creed, and Democratic Revolution. It also sheds light on the ideology of being born equal, or being made equal. It places emphasizes on the fact that history is often a result of a great impersonal forces and that change can be extremely slow.
The American present witnesses the steady aggrandizement of” powers, while “the story of the American past, on the other hand, continues to be told in narratives that…highlight[s] a story of relative powerlessness.” This conflicting representation of American past versus present supports Novak’s claim that one cannot associate what began as a weak state to how it is formed today, indicating a falsehood to Tea Party members
Americans are known around the world for their American spirit, notorious for the unsaid motto of, ‘My country, right or wrong’. However, America was not the only country known for its nationalistic ideals. If one were to take a trip back in time, they would find ancient Romans giving America a run for their money. While ancient Rome did not have a Fourth of July, one could argue that Americans are the modern-day ancient Romans in terms of patriotism. Modern Americans are quite similar to the ancient Romans in their love for their country.
According to the article by Anna Quindlen called “A Quilt of a Country,’’ there are ideal facts that tell us how we connect to people in the United States, and that is by tragic incidents and communication. In the essay, an example of how we all communicate is when the tragic incident of 911 happened we all came together and investigated what happened with communication. The purpose of her writing this is because she wants to show that it does not matter who you are it is about how we get along in a way others can’t.
The United States of America has a rich history filled with success, failure, courage, and drive. Millions have come seeking the “American Dream” and to live in the land of the free. The past is what has shaped this nation’s present and future. Yet, as time drifts, the world around us changes. What was once deemed acceptable can now seem outdated in today’s society.
In Scott Russel’s response to an essay by Salam Rushdie, Russel makes an effort to show his audience that Rushdie’s thoughts and ideas on migration are not the entire population’s stance by referencing to the united states of America. By using devices and history, Russel is able to support his argument through the United State’s past, as well as using certain words and phrases to evoke emotion in the reader. Scott Russel relies on alluding to the past of America’s land to support his writing. For example, Russel alludes to the nation’s first heroes, using a comparison between them and the stripes that make up the flag. By setting this foundation of our nation’s morals and those who make them up, Russel has set the stage to continue his essay.
A patriot, by a simple definition, is an individual who vehemently supports their country. The word has a generally positive connotation, however, patriotism does not necessarily have to coincide with a positive national situation. There is also the question of how patriotism coincides with notions of national identity. Extreme, or misguided forms of patriotism can lead to terrible outcomes. In the case of the founding fathers, their patriotism did not extend to women, African Americans, or Native
As an American, I believe that the American spirit is what drives our country to be united. Being patriotic and standing together when times get tough, is what I think the American spirit is. When great disasters happen or tragedy hits, its the glue that holds us together and keeps us fighting as a country. Within this paper I will discuss three different authors points of views, on what they believe the American spirit is. The following authors are Anthony Burgress, Adam Goodheart, and Bonnie Miller Rubin.
“We, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents” (Obama par. 3). He used this in order to explain how we will always pride our ideals of the forebears. This view of patriotism from soon-to-be President Barack Obama made his audience appeal to his
The Irony of “Born in the U.S.A.” As the fireworks explode in the night sky to celebrate Independence Day, “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen plays loudly for the audience to hear. As the men, women, and children bellow out the chorus proudly, they never seem to grasp its intended meaning. By studying the appeals and irony used in Springsteen’s lyrics, it is easy to see how Springsteen’s message of the poor treatment of Vietnam War veterans is misconstrued by millions of listeners into American pride. Springsteen’s intended audience is a group made up of mainly white, blue collar Americans-
In some of the pieces of literature like “I, Too, Sing America,” “America and I,” “The Bill of Rights,” and “Veterans Day: Never Forget Their Duty” the authors have different ideas of what it means to be American. They also express their ideas using different strategies: negation, classification, and function. With these ideas and strategies a more complex definition on what it means to be American was developed. Being an American means being patriotic, having freedoms, and believing in a dream of something amazing. Having patriotism is part of being American.
Literary Analysis: Exploring American Identity Introduction This essay compares “In response to executive order 9066” (poem) by Dwight Okita to “Mericans” (short story) by Sandra Cisneros. Specifically, the essay explores the central theme of American identity in the two literary works. The “Mericans” is about a little girl who has a story about the new world and the old world. In this case, the new world is America.
What does it mean to be an American: The land of the free and the home of the brave? Due to the diversity that America offers, the people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, cultures, backgrounds and sexual orientation have an equal opportunity for a better life in America. In Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country,” she explains how people view America. She writes that being an American is an idea that works despite that fact that it should not due to the diversity that exist in the country. Quindlen informs the reader that America was uniquely constructed on no precise culture or race.