In the year 1791, political activist and author, Thomas Paine wrote a novel called Rights of Man. In the book, Paine expresses his views on American society as perfection. He describes the United States as, “Made up, as it is, of people from different nations.” All throughout American history there are many things that make America the diverse nation we are today. The United States of America is the place where individuals from all kinds of different cultures, religion, and race intertwine. We may be “one nation, under God” but, in my opinion, we will always be in an overstuffed pot that will never fully melt.
They miss their home and it becomes an integral part in their lives, they see home as attractive thing and for them home is something they lack of, they don’t feel at home and desire to get back to their homes (Sabra, 93). Their urge to go back to home as something is lost somewhere, they are searching for the place they don’t belong anymore and exiled from it (p, 96). Immigrants live in sort of extreme tension they want to get settled in a new land and desire to go back to have a connection with their root simultaneously (p. 94). Terkenli (1995) negotiates issues of Immigrants their desire to go back because they don’t feel protective there. Immigrants are living on an empty space, there are tradition they have left
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.
It is no secret that when the US constitution was ratified, the privileges and immunities and basic human rights were intended for a very specific group of people who were considered citizens of the new colony. According to McClain and Stewart’s Can We All Get Along, the committee that drafted the founding document was appointed to devise a new national seal after the advent of the Articles of confederation; the idea proposed by Benjamin Franklin John Adams and Thomas Jefferson was for the seal to represent the countries of the colonists’ origin. The countries included were England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and Holland. This leaves thousands upon thousands of people living in America and not being represented or even recognized by
The first settlers in America came to the New World to seek religious liberty. Taking a risk, they began their treacherous journey to an unknown land in order to practice their own beliefs without limitation. Later in the narrative of the making of America, the founding fathers drafted a constitution-- a collection of laws and regulations which set up the government we still know and practice today. Arguably the most important part of the constitution, the first amendment, gives citizens the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. These freedoms have been the backbone of this great country for centuries, has set us apart from other nations, and has shaped the course of American history.
“I’m much American as any man; I’m more American than most. And what is this American?” This is what an American is, fighting to make the country better, making a difference. After all America, is the land of freedom of speech. Ned gave this speech out of freedom. He stated “Because they didn’t have no such thing as American till we got here.
He opens his speech with the famous words from The Declaration of Independence; “ We the people, in order to form a more perfect union”(Obama 461). He uses this quote from the Declaration of Independence to better explain the broad perspective of why the founding father created the declaration, to lay the grounds for the creation of a better nation. He goes on to say how they did sign it, but ultimately it was unfinished. He states “It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations”(Obama 461). Barack used this quote with a logical reasoning, stating the facts on how the founding fathers of this nation did not have any say about the common slave or their self rights, but just to let the future take care of it problem.
Simons dad, Bob had been killed in a automobile accident while Simon was at the mysterious island. Piggys mom waited standing there screaming because she knew something was not right with Piggy not being with the rest of the boys.She didn’t know that the boys picked and called him “the fat boy”(Golding 10). The boys began talk and told Piggy's mom, that there was quick sand on the island. The sand took him under and it had washed him out to sea. No one could save Piggy in time.
Imagine a world in which The Civil War and the events after never happened. Southern states still hold slaves, there are no laws on immigration or who can become a citizen. The Civil War freed the slaves and allowed laws that dealt with citizenship and immigration to be ratified. This was what led to the creation of the three Reconstruction Amendments, which includes the Fourteenth Amendment. The Fourteenth Amendment has rich history, various meanings and applications, and can be used to shape our nation for the better today.
As Afghan refugees seek for safety in Pakistan, Hosseini and his family applied for asylum to the United States. Though they are miles away from the war of Afghanistan, their family encounters a battle of their own. He portrayed this similar struggle in the character of Baba, as he adjusts his lifestyle in America. “For Baba, [America is] a place to mourn his [memory]” (p.140) This line depicts the struggle Amir’s father experience as he leaves his wealth behind Kabul and start a new beginning in San Francisco. Similar with Hosseini’s parents “…it was an even more difficult adjustment for my parents to be uprooted and to have lost everything they had worked their lives for, and to have to restart their lives essentially from scratch and to try to restart a life in an environment that was dramatically different from the one they were accustomed to.” (Hosseini, 2012) The other emigrant characters in the novel experience the same struggle.