American Individualism in The Yellow Wallpaper, The Masque of the Red Death. The Raven, and For Some Wiccans

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In this paper I will be talking about the pros and cons of American individualism in the stories “The Yellow Wallpaper”, “The Masque of the Red Death”. ”The Raven”, and “For Some Wiccans”. My opinion on the stories, poem, and article and what I think the perfect person would be like.
Their are some benefits to American individualism like being yourself and doing everything your self. Just like Charlotte Perkins Gilman projected the woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” was determined to tare down all the wallpaper herself (Gilman 8). In the story the woman said “How she betrayed herself that time! But I am her, and no person touches this paper but me, -- not alive !” (Gilman 8). The author did a great job on using the story to show what happened to her when she had the same problem. With her writing the story about events that happened in her life she made it easier to make connections when reading the story. In “The Masque of the Red Death” Edgar Allan Poe had a great way of having things in the story represent different things in real life (Poe 459-461). Its a pro because when there were running throw the rooms and the people where dying in different rooms it shows that everyone is different an individual (Poe 460-461). It shows individualism because the rooms represent different stages in life so when the people are dying Poe is trying to say that people die in different stages in life. Also with Poe’s writing in general he uses his real life experiences like in the poem “The Raven” where he talks to the raven about his dead wife (Poe 467). In the article “For Some Wiccans” It shows great examples of American individualism first by the whole article is about people that believe that they are real...

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...ed and wanting to kill themselves and everyone else.
In conclusion there are many different way to show there is pros and cons to American individualism. In the stories that Poe writes it shows a great deal of individualism because he was criticized for the the he wrote but kept writing. In the “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “For Some Wiccans” it shows more cons of being an individualism. It shows that in todays society that if you are different you will be shunned. I hoped that you found this paper interesting and found that American individualism is important.

Works Cited

Burke, Daniel. "For Some Wiccans." Evernote. CNN, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Yellow Wallpaper. [New York]: Feminist, 1973. Print.
Poe, Edgar Allan. Masque of the Red Death. New York: Greenwillow, 2012. Print.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Raven. Toronto: KCP Poetry, 2006. Print.

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