His philosophies and principles in his autobiography are examples of the American dream that explain a rag to riches story. He was often refereed to as the Electric Ben Franklin. He was commercially successful, involved with the public good, a great communicator, and man of science and technology who found solutions to the real problems. Franklin was the epitome of the Enlightenment during the eighteen-century. His type of behavior demonstrated the fundamental concepts of the Age of reason which was “faith in the reality of the world as revealed to the senses, distrust of the mystical or mysterious confidence in the attainment of progress by education and humanitarianism that provide solutions to all human problems”
He was also an advocate on having an informed population. In 1779, he wrote A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, which outlined a plan for the establishment of Virginia public schools where “all free children, male and female” were to be provided with three years of teaching in reading, writing, arithmetic, and history. In the end, the bill was defeated but it still paved the way for free public education. As a leader, Thomas Jefferson truly thrived. He the President of the United States, he immediately took initiative and taught himself the skills that he needed in order to provide the country with the leader that we needed.
Our ancestors used to admire Beowulf, and we strive to bear at least a slight resemblance to Superman, Ironman or other comic book characters. But can they be easily compared? And do they have much in common? Beowulf is probably the mightiest and the bravest hero of the Old English literature. For many centuries in a row he was considered to be an example of a person easily overcoming extremely difficult obstacles, inspiring the others, showing great courage, sacrificing his life for good and generally typifying all the traits of a hero.
John Ernest Steinbeck (1902 – 68) is one of the greatest American writers in the twentieth century and he is regarded as "quintessential American writer and his reputation extends worldwide" (Schultz and Li vii). He is "both a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Nobel Prize laureate" (Noble 3). In spite of being a modern writer and a contemporary of the literary giants such as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner; Steinbeck was able to establish a unique position in American literature. The reason behind his success in establishing and maintaining such unique position is his fascination with literature; he "loved to write, because he was addicted to it …. He loved the words, the shape, the sound, the history of meaning; he delighted in the magical properties of language; he even got satisfaction from the touch of pencil and paper" (Benson 1).
Samuel L. Clemens, more famously known as Mark Twain, came to love his passion for writing and became a well known author in the Realism time period. Today Mark Twain is know all around the world for his contribution to American literature. His books are read in schools all across America and is still known today as the father of American literature. When Olivia died of heart failure, he became lonely and sad in his last years his life (Encyclopædia Britannica). He died on April 10, 1910.
Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United states and also a very historical figure, is looked up upon by many as a highly admirable man. He is best known for his belief that all men are created equal, as seen in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was an advocate to end slavery and attempted to create equality for slaves as well. To many he is the epitome of what America stands for. Articles by Dumas Malone, William Cohen, Henry Wiencek, Annette Gordon-Reed each stated their reasons as to why they believe Thomas Jefferson was or was not an abolitionist.
The Americanness of Washington Irving ---through the Analysis of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Washington Irving, who is regarded as “father of American short story”, has a profound influence on American Literature. Professor Wu Dingbo stated “all writers in America read Washington Irving” (26). “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of his most outstanding stories and it is greatly admired even at the present time. There are five basic qualities of American writers: independent, individualistic, critical, innovative and humorous (Wu Dingbo 3). As a typical American writer, therefore, Washington Irving’s Americanness can be illustrated in these five aspects: his independence, individualism, critical values, innovativeness and humorous writing style.
Aldous Huxley, a celebrated multi-talented literary figure who contributed to the world with his striking gift of Brave New World. A prized man known for his writings through the forms of poetry, plays, novels, short-stories, essays, and critics; Huxley also had an affinity for philosophy and mysticism. A well-grounded man who was hyper-aware of events during his time and masterfully incorporated those events and his love of philosophy and science through his writings. He did so effortlessly through his novel Brave New World, by observing the events of Hitler and his ideas of a perfect race. Huxley also was inspired by ideas of Communism to communicate his vision of what a perfect world would look like if science and technology were to take complete control over the world (Huxley, 2006, ).
This is especially shown when Hamilton assisted George Washington in nearly everything he did, and was his “right hand man”, for lack of a better term. Ronald (Ron) Chernow has many accomplishments other than writing the well known biography of Hamilton. He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, won the 2011 American History Book Prize for his 2010 book, Washington: A Life, received the National Book Award for Nonfiction due to the writing of his 1990 book, The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. Although there are other credentials Chernow has, those are just the most significant ones, as well as Chernow providing inspiration for Miranda’s Hamilton play.
Despite Camus separating himself from existentialism, he impersonated the best-known question pertaining existentialism in the twentieth era, and was awarded as the 1957 Nobel Prize for literature. Later, the Nobel committee became much concerned with Camus’ approach of trying to illuminate the major human problems during that time, hence he was considered as a champion of literature for being an imaginative writer because of his insight through philosophy and the moral truth that made him to be honored by the generation of that period. Through his writing and authoring of his novels, he became more famous, and his philosophical perspectives became useful to all up to date. Defining in his own way, Camus as a philosophical writer conceived his original view of world and