EXTENDED ESSAY Title: Myth and Modern America Research Question: How is contemporary America portrayed through the use of myth in Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’? ENGLISH A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE CATEGORY 3 4301 words Introduction As generations of people migrated to America from all corners of the Earth, they carried their stories and myths with them. These histories, cultures and religions of the people of America are represented here in the novel as Gods and Goddesses and other mythical figures. Gaiman’s novel American Gods examine what it means to be American by realizing the cultural legacy of the nation through its mythical beginnings and how these traditional values have evolved to form contemporary ideals, resulting in the loss of diversity and identity. Gaiman seeks to question what the term American means, and what does it mean to be American.
Through the American Culture 2 course, I can have an opportunity to expand my knowledge about the diversity of American culture. I learn many things such as religion, government, business, and so on. but, the most interesting issue for me, which is inventiveness and the can-do spirit in American from “The Frontier Heritage” lesson. There are several reasons why I feel interesting
This can be a metaphor for the oral tradition that was especially used in Native American cultures. Anytime a story is retold it gets more dramatic and exciting, and then at some point it is not even the same story it started
African-American literature is another literature which is produced in the United States by writers of African descent. Not only these two but many kinds of literatures like Australian Literature, African literature, Canadian literature, Caribbean literature, Comparative literature etc., have achieved their place in the list of famous literature in the world. People have gained knowledge and have attained a responsibility on producing literature that talks about their own country, language, its culture, its customs, its beliefs and above all that, about its history and roots. Among all these literature, the one literature that has made an immense effort to gain its prominence is Canadian literature. This literature has worked so hard to influence the society as well as the world and also to make the country proud.
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.
Smith’s writings have the purpose of telling what happened and providing the facts, whereas Anne Bradstreet does tell what happened, but she also looks toward the future in her writings. John Smith, the leader of the Jamestown Colony in America, wrote a book named The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles. This book is a factual account of what John Smith encountered on his journeys between Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles. David Read states that “the book is full of second- and third hand information” (Read 429). In Chapter 2: What Happened till the First Supply, Smith tells what happened when the settlers first arrived at Jamestown, and
CONCLUSION The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America, provides a different insight of the document. Most people view this doctrine as a warning the Americans wrote to claim independence. Yet this book provides a whole new view of the document. This book related the Monroe Doctrine to the social events happening during that time. It revealed the relations between America and British and showed their common interest in preventing the re-conquest of Latin America.
1. Introduction to general literature : Literature is a cluster of verbal works, written, or oral, interrelated by subject-matter, by language or place of origin, or by prevailing cultural values. According to Boris Pasternak, ‘Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.’ Even in ancient times, scholars, critics and teachers of the literature have recognized that narrative – story telling which forms a necessary aspect of the novel began in every corner of the world at a very early point in the development of civilization. (Columbia history of American novel) 2. Introduction to American literature American literature, the body of written works
The periods of the Enlightenment and Romanticism have had a dramatic impact on humanity. Spawning a multitude of wonderful pieces of literature, numerous ideologies, revolutions, and countless discoveries. These two periods are without doubt, a key component of the human identity. These ideas influenced several key movements around the globe, and are still playing a role in the lives of people today. With the Enlightenment came ideas like the Scientific Theory, critical thinking, a resurgence of old or long lost knowledge, and a period that showed the power of man over his environment.