Published propaganda intensified the demand for change, but the motion to sever ties with Britain wasn’t popular. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet was a solution to sway colonists and justify the necessity of independence. In Common Sense, Thomas Paine articulates the illegitimacy of the British government. Particularly, Paine focuses on dismissing the idea of hereditary succession while arguing for equality of man. He asserts that as a whole, the colonies have the ability to succeed without attachment to Britain, and this is the time to fight the royal force.
When both ideals and mindsets reflect a disagreement between conservative and progressive principles, one will find it impossible to satisfy both demands. In his novel, Oxherding Tale, Charles Johnson exemplifies his unique perspective on the ambiguity of freedom through the main character, Andrew Hawkins. For the duration of his journey, Hawkins gains a sense of freedom, but not in the way he imagines it to be. Aida Ahmed Hussen’s article, “‘Manumission and Marriage?’: Freedom, Family, and Identity in Charles Johnson’s Oxherding Tale,” expresses Hawkins’ clash between his conservative mindset and progressive ideals. Indeed, Andrew abandons both his progressive and conservative views and creates a new identity, which, on a larger scale, suggests that Andrew must go against his values and ideals in order to obtain a taste of freedom.
Our trust in American society may be flawed when the mistreatment and inequality of new settlers is revealed. Instead of symbolizing freedom and unity they are attacked with alienation and discrimination. Valentino Achak Deng’s story of tragedy was one of many and Dave Eggers voice as an author depicted Valentino’s spirit with accuracy and creativity. The use of literary elements, such as: conflict, symbols, and characters, creates detailed examples to convey the complex issues that immigrants face in result of our country’s faulty system.
Like the nation, Whitman is divided on where the United States stands on its national identity and therefore its national literature. According to Whitman, if we rely too much on the cultures and influences of other countries, how will Americans develop their own distinct culture and identity? Also, the form of the essay is very unorganized and which is parallel to the state of the nation during the Civil War. Although Whitman has a bold and defiant stance on American literature, he takes no specific form in which to present his ideas in the essay. It appears as if he just states them as they come across his mind.
His position in regards to his argument is directly outlined at the beginning of the text to insure that readers are aware of the author’s intensions. He uses examples of situations in which the current principle of alternative possibilities is faulted and concisely pulls apart each situation to determine exactly what constitutes the excision of morally responsibility. The article clearly outlines Frankfurt’s arguments, however it becomes evident in particular sections that Frankfurt’s arguments become slightly repetitive as he tries to, perhaps over simplify his arguments to ensure his reader understand his position. As someone who has never been exposed to the principle of alternative possibilities and its implications of moral responsibility for ones actions I found Frankfurt’s arguments were well illustrated and provided strong persuasion with appeal to reason. Frankfurt not only provides sound reasoning behind his arguments about how the principle of possible alternatives is false, however, he does suggest possible ways to revise the principle so that it is more accurate.
The Eurocentric views of whiteness being directly correlated to superiority and civilization was used a tool to exploit native peoples while legalizing entitlement to lands that have already been discovered (Miller, 2010, p.87). The process of land dispossession had a profound negative impact on Native peoples. Their identity became outlined by colonial institutions rather than from their own definition. The conflicting methods of defining identity is integral to Kauanui’s Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity. In her work, she describes how indigenous Hawaiians themselves have historically determined their identity through genealogy and a system of common descent.
In his opening paragraphs, Braumoeller writes that “the characterization of America as an isolationist in the interwar period… is simply wrong.” Throughout his paper, he keeps with these kind of statements that, the idea he is arguing against is something that is entirely false. He also keeps his evidence straightforward and uncomplicated. His argument also catches something important which is that the misconception he is seeking to disprove stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of isolationism. He defines isolationism and then proves that America does not fit this definition in the interwar period. He suggests that people mistake various American policies of unilateralism or neutralism as isolationism.
“The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting,” was a quote by the English dramatist Ben Jonson. In Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty confronts Guy Montag and attempts to turn him away from the pursuit of reinstating books in the world they lived in. To do so, he makes a point, using Ben Jonson, that if Montag were to keep having violent bouts and shout his truth, the grace of it will be lost. However, the argument that Captain Beatty described and had used the quote was in a dream that he had. Consequently, Captain Beatty only used the quote to confuse Montag and convince him that his pursuit of bringing back writing was a lost cause.
It must also be remembered here that this disconnect between the cultural values of the European and the Native Australians and even the non-existence of a commonly unserstandable speech is perhaps at the heart of the title of the novel. Malouf very consciously used the term Babylon in the title of the novel. The title of Remembering Babylon is a reference to the biblical tower of Babel mentioned in Genesis 11:1-9. The scripture serves as an etiology of cultural differences, and the loss of a communal language shared by all of humanity. The significance of the loss of a homogeneous language serves as a representation of the significance of language and culture; a theme expressed within Malouf’s Remembering Babylon.
Carol Ann Howells speaks about Atwood’s technique as, Obviously revisionist perspectives have narrative consequences not only for narrators but also for readers, turning our attention towards process of deconstruction and reconstruction while emphasizing the provisionality of any narrative structure. Atwood’s novels are characterized by their refusals to invoke any final authority as their open endings resist conclusiveness, offering instead hesitation, absence or silence while hovering on the verge of new possibilities. Their indeterminacy is a challenge