Within the early revolutionary epoch of American history brought various interpretations of the country. Thomas Paine characterized this country in an excerpt from his work the Rights of Man. Unfortunately, Thomas Paine’s characterization of America does not entirely hold truth today, and can be evident in our country’s political and identity ideologies. The key points within the excerpt implies that America is a country where a multitude of cultures, religions, and languages coexist. Paine suggests that our government, which was created “on the principles of society and the rights of man”, is able to overcome the differences of political and racial beliefs.
He uses ethos in two different quotes. The first being, “It ought to be the axiomatic in this country that every man must devote a reasonable share of his time doing his duty in the political life of the community.” He also uses it when he says, “I think we ought to be broad minded to recognize the fact that a good citizen, striving with fearlessness, honesty and common sense to the best for the nation” (McKay). In both of these quotes Roosevelt is proposing what he thinks, but he is saying it in a way that it is almost a question. It forces the audience to ask themselves if that is how they think as well, and if it isn’t it causes them to think deeper about it. Which overall, was Roosevelt 's
To what extent must this paper have pushed the bounds of common knowledge that it would drive a nation to disconnect from their homeland? Paine’s Common Sense is a primary document of insurmountable historic value that provides priceless insight into the minds of the colonists in the 18th century. Common Sense includes many compelling arguments, but there is one overarching point Paine attempts to convey; “First, that it is the interest of America to be separated from Britain.” Paine’s core belief in his article is that it’s in the best interest of Americans, having struggled its way through over a hundred years of turmoil to establish a functioning society, to detach themselves from the British monarchical system. They had operated under Britain’s rule for the past 170 years, back to the establishment of Jamestown in 1607, and it was high time to revisit the state of America’s current affairs with some new perspective. According to Paine, the British constitution had numerous flaws, so he wrote Common Sense to refute the
Individualism: Theory and Practice In America, individualism became their concept in living culture which builds the idealization of individual’s social-political philosophy. Generally, individualism means makes themselves as priority than others in society. In contrast, collectivism likely to attached in a group as togetherness. This term asserted as the turning point of individualism conceptualized in American. 2.2.1 History of Individualism According to Triandis theory, the constructed can be found in ancient legal writings, religious texts, and moral-political philosophies.
He set out his ideas and values in his essays when he wrote and published his First and Second Series of essays. Other works which are written by Emerson and which are representative for the movement are: "Self-Reliance", "The Over-Soul", "Circles", "The Poet and Experience". The Transcendentalist movement represented a way through which American Culture should be created. During this movement people like Emerson tried to justify and create democracy for America trying to make it different from any other nation. "The self" was a very important aspect in this context as the optimism and the confidence of Americans had to grow in order to succeed. "
Because F. Scott Fitzgerald and Norman Mailer are authors who contributed to the shape of their national identity and consciousness, their philosophic roots and American literary, as well as the American cultural currents of their times have been comprehensively explored in their literary art. A point of accord among scholars is that Fitzgerald and Mailer’s contributions to American culture reach far beyond their roles as American literary artists—they are not only considered voluble social critics of twentieth-century America, but eloquent interpreters of their American cultural milieu. Literary works such as The Great Gatsby and An American Dream stand as evidences to these authors’ commitment with and apt understanding of their cultural moments, yet these works also publicize that their art takes shape as a vision enthused by the intellectual and philosophic currents of their time. Materials and Method As a first step, the researcher read books and papers that present the key issues concerned in Philosophical ideas in 20 century. In the second step, the researcher read biographical works on Norman Mailer and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life to get a clear picture of their background, their development as writers and their response to the period they lived in.
Ralph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) were two important American writers and leader of the transcendentalism movement. Emerson was a poet and essayist known for his philosophical exploration of the individual. His most famous works were Nature, ‘The American Scholar’ and ‘Self Reliance’. Emerson wrote on ideas such an individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost
Henry Nash Smith and the ‘Myth and Symbol School’ After Turner’s ‘introduction’ , the West became one of the foundational elements for the earliest scholars of American Studies. Proposing similar questions as Turner, the so-called ‘Myth and Symbol School’ worked on the assumption that American culture could be studied as a “common language” (Chapman) comprised of myths and symbols that represented the American imagination. The myths and symbols were defined by Smith as “larger or small units of the same kind of thing, namely an intellectual confusion that fuses concept an emotion into an image” (Virgin Land xi) and it was through these a culture could express its values, ideas, and identity. Scholars of the MS School thus argued that myths
The case study research methodology has been selected to conduct the inquiry into this phenomenon. The case study approach was advanced by noted American University scholar-in-residence Robert K. Yin; he is renowned for his work in this area. Yin (2009) explains that this empirical inquiry facilitates exploration of a contemporary phenomenon in depth within its real-life context using a variety of data sources. He instructs that this research design should be considered when: (a) the focus of the study is to answer “how” and “why” questions; (b) you cannot manipulate the behavior of those involved in the study; (c) you want to cover contextual conditions because you believe they are relevant to the phenomenon under study; or (d) the boundaries
Emotion and intellect have been the basis behind some of the most iconic and respected pieces of writing throughout history. These documents have inspired founders of powerful governments, especially the American Founding Fathers. Emotion and intellect caused different responses forming society’s view of itself. Emotion allows for the reader to see different sides of society they would otherwise not be exposed. While intellect creates a basis for what to expect from a government.