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.
Villains of the Victorian Age: A Comparison Between Thomas Gradgrind and John Thornton The Victorian Age, which spans roughly the period from 1832 until 1901, is a term that covers England’s era of scientific revolution, economical progress and the country’s transformation to an industrial society. Novelist and historian Walter Besant observed the transformation of the mind and habits of the ordinary Englishman during the reign of Queen Victoria, after whom the Victorian Age is named. By 1897, he stated that the Englishman “would not, could he see him, recognize his own grandfather” (qtd. in Greenblatt 1018). The most remarkable reactions to contemporary industrial society came in the Condition of England novels of the 1840s and early 1850s.
Throughout history, many nations have implemented imperialism to enforce their will over others for money, protection, and civilization. In many cases, England was the imperial, or mother country. In the 1700’s the British Empire invaded India and took control of the country. Although India was accustomed to invaders by the time the British arrived, British effectively did the most damage by arriving at a fragile time for the Indians. The Indians were suffering from the fall of the Mogul Empire, which had controlled most of India from 1526 until the death of Aurangzeb in 1707.
This, no doubt, is related to the period of time that Great Britain occupied Egypt. Indeed, the British presence in Egypt must have had an effect on the rise in Egyptomania at the time. Even in American literature, Egyptomania seems to be depicted in an incredibly British lense. This paper will address the historical context of late 19th century and early 20th century British Egyptomania, and argue that it was ultimately caused by British Imperialism in not only the archaeological field, but also in broader terms. Great Britain initially occupied Egypt in 1882, and didn’t officially withdraw all of their forces until 1954.
Summary: In his speech, Winston Churchill tried to inspire his fellow British citizens to go to war against Germany. He was a member of the parliament in England and later he became the Prime Minister of that state. He lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who presented him many awards. He went through World War II. Churchill then realized that Adolf Hitler and his Nazi were coming to England to invade the state.
More importantly, they had a "western foreign policy", which already existed in their own countries. People in Europe, as well as the Englishmen who came to North America, had the ideas of feudalism and colonialism, the policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically (Oxford Dictionary, online). Neither of the two ideas existed in the Native Americans ' ideologies. The Native Americans carried out a communal system. The process of colonization for the United States of America was very notable in what the Englishmen had as their ideologies of expansion, how those ideologies fit into colonialism, and how the thirteen Colonies were set up until the American Revolution.
In the early 15th century, the western European powers and Soviet powers started to colonize the world with the beginning of Age of discovery. The process of decolonization began after the end of Second World War, but even today strict conflict is observed in the colonized states. The conflict resulted from the past colonial or soviet policies, mainly concerning the conflict for territorial boundaries, overlooked ethnic groups, mal-distribution of wealth in the society, mal-treatment of indigenous groups, local administrative setups, and the foundation of non-autonomous and non-participatory administrative setups. Thus, it is crucial to study how colonialism impacted on postcolonial political development. This essay not only examines the disputes but also studies the hurdles of post-colonial states in formation of autonomous governing states.
In the year 1791, political activist and author, Thomas Paine composed a novel called Rights of Man. In the book, Paine expresses his point of view 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. America is recognized as the “great melting pot” implying that our country where contrasting cultures along with beliefs blend together to mold a distinctively American identity. We may be “one nation, under God” but, in my opinion, we will always be in an overstuffed pot that will never fully melt.
To what extent did the Age of Exploration 15th to 16th lead to conflict and competition between Port and Spain? Introduction The Age of Exploration was during the Renaissances period in Europe, it was a time that dealt with the whole of Europe coming out of the dark ages which was during 14th century to the 16th century when the Renaissance ended, of course this was due to the industrial revolution but that is not important… The age of Exploration was a time when many countries in Europe sought a means of power by traveling to the new worlds in aid of helping their own countries by retrieving raw materials, slave labour, rare foods and spices, but also land that they could claim for their own countries. The most famous out of these
The paper will introduce the incident of 1857 and discuss the reasons for the British to defeat the rebels and the impacts of the incident on both the British and the Indians. The origin of the Sepoy Mutiny deeply connected to the history of the East India Company. With the Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth, the East India Company started its trading post in India on December 31, 1600 to compete with other European powers such as the Spanish, the Portuguese and the Dutch for foreign trade in East Indies. The company was formed based on the concept of corporation and gradually accumulated its power to force the competitors out of the trading business. After the company forced the competitors out of the trading business in less than twenty years, it had to raise a powerful army to vie for more wealth with its enemies and rely on taxes collected from its territories.