In my opinion and based on readings I think that the western frontier fostered values of American democracy and individualism. Moving west allowed settlers and even immigrants the opportunity to make a new life for them and their families. The “Gold Rush” and mining for other precious metals such as silver, copper, lead and iron brought many people west to explore and find riches. Many cities such as Virginia City, Nevada were industrialized and colonized by those who wanted to find riches in those precious metals. Many of these settlers were immigrants, it is noted that the Utah Territory, that eventually became known as Nevada, had about 30 percent of people settling that were from outside the United States, compared to 25 percent in New
Western civilization came about after the blending and mixing of various cultures that spread from Ancient Greece and Rome throughout Europe and later on America. As Western Civilization spread, the areas that have been influenced by this is often called The West. As of today, Greek and Romans ideas of philosophy, literature, mathematics, astronomy and government are still present. The ideas of government that were developed by Greeks and Romans served as a basis for the United States’ government today.
In the nineteenth century, many Americans felt the strong desire to possess the western part of the continent. The American people felt that ist was their destiny to gain control of that land. They had an idea called Manifest dDestiny, which promoted westward expansion and made the American people feel obligated to gain possession of the wWest for the United States. Three texts, American Progress -by John Gast, Manifest Destiny, 1839 -by John O’Sullivan, and “Reporting to the President, September 23-December 31, 1806” -by Stephen Ambrose, describe the struggle of the Americans wanting to control and own the land that cannot truly be possessed.
The short story The Third and Final Continent has the motif that, even if you are way, way over the hill, or half way up the climb, growing into a new time period or country is possible. An elderly lady, Mrs. Croft has lived through a century and three years. She does not cling to her past life, but lives in the present. She thought it was splendid when astronauts from the US put the American flag on the moon. A woman from India named Mala moved to the United States.
The film North by Northwest is a spy thriller movie that was released in 1959. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars Cary Grant as Thornhill, Eve Marie Saint as Eve and James Mason as Vandamm. The film runs for a period of 136 minutes, giving a story on a man, Thornhill, been pursued as a result of mistaken identity by men from a spy organization. The film revolves around several major themes that make it interesting to watch.
The late 19th century was a time of exploration, innovation, and continued westward expansion. The West, however, was not as glorified as people today like to think it was. Westward expansion had many benefits, the main being lots of new land for both the Americans and immigrants, but many ideas of the West have been altered throughout the years. The West was romanticized in many ways, people moved to the West in the pursuit of happiness, but today many hardships of westward expansion have been ignored. Cowboys and homesteads are two major concepts that have been romanticized today about the West.
All the traits we think a viking would have are all misconceptions. That they were a savage, barbaric people who pillaged and plundered villages for their own amusement. They always were drinking, eating, and attacking people, and they liked to smell like a mix of body odor and beer. In their pillaging they took things of religious value for their own wealthy ambitions. The Vikings were no doubt savage warriors and raiders but they were also a civilization full of adventure, discovery, religion, and structure, They did not destroy European civilization; they enriched it.
I was able to understand five Major claims Teresa made throughout her article. The first one is that the popular, the disturbing, and the hauntings of history infiltrate American literature. For example, America does not have enough history to actually represent the gothic concept. The Gothic genre has the ability to seep into other genres and can appear in categories like romanticism. Gothic moments can thus occur in all areas of American literature, from fables to narratives.
Frederic Jackson Turner, an American historian in the early 20th century, is known for his essay “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”. In his writings, Turner theorized that certain defining aspects of the United States, such as geography, government, and economy could be traced back to the development of the American frontier. The U.S. census of 1890, which announced the disappearance of a contiguous frontier line, claimed that the since the land was already claimed, “there can hardly be said to be a frontier line.” However, Turner theorized that “the existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward,” meant that the American development was an ongoing process of
Journey to the West was written by Wu Cheng’en, a novelist in Ming Dynasty, originated from Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, folk legends and Yuan Zaju operas. As the first full-length romantic god-evil novel in ancient China, this novel portrays the social reality at that time in depth, and is the beginning of magic realism. In the original version of Wu Cheng’en, the main characters are Sun Wukong, Tang Seng, the pig and the sand monk. This novel tells a story that Tang Priest and his three disciples travel westward for Buddhist Scriptures. After eighty adventurous experiences, Tang Sanzang finally reach the west and got the real scripture.
Morinsola Mustapha Mr. Plunkett Western Civilization November. 24, 2015 The Black Death reached Europe by sea in October of 1347. It came across when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long trip through the Black Sea. Those who gathered to greet the docks were welcomed with a horrific surprise. Most of the sailors who were on the ship had died and those who alive were greatly ill.
“The Greek Way” by Edith Hamilton “They were the first Westerns; the spirit of the West, the modern spirit, is a Greek discovery and the place of the Greeks is in the modern world” (Hamilton 19). In the first chapter of her book the author suggests that ancient Greeks created a basis for the modern Western civilization. Hamilton admitted people can have access to the limited part of this cultural heritage, but they still reap its benefits. She highlighted that the Greek civilization significantly differed from its contemporaries with words: “a new civilization had arisen in Athens, unlike all that had gone before” (Hamilton 16). Hamilton claimed that this unusualness in the case of altitude to people and knowledge made its heritage so important.