American Character Essays

  • The Donner Party and the American Character

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    thesis of Fredrick Jackson Turner, the frontier changed America. Americans, from the earliest settlement, were always on the frontier, for they were always expanding to the west. It was Manifest Destiny; spreading American culture westward was so apparent and so powerful that it couldn’t be stopped. Turner’s Frontier Theory says that this continuous exposure to the frontier has shaped the American character. The frontier made the American settlers revert back to the primitive, stripping them from their

  • american character - then and now

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    American Character - Then and Now A notion that still holds strong today, Fredrick Jackson Turner’s idea of American character was one based on trials and experiences. Unlike Crevecour, Turner believed that American character was not simply a product of English character transported to America, but rather another idea altogether (Faragher 63). He expressed this opinion the best when he said, “In the crucible of the frontier the immigrants were Americanized, liberated, and fused into a mixed race

  • The Emerging American Character During the 1700’s

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    The Emerging American Character During the 1700’s (7 There once was an Italian man by the name of Amerigo Vespucci, who sailed the seas and explored South America. And later named America after himself. And there was Bartholomew Diaz who was also a navigator of the sea, but he was from Portugal, and the first European to round the cay of good hope in 1488. Then there was another Italian explorer, he to commanded the English exploration and alter discovered the North American mainland. He was John

  • American Character Analysis

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    Defining the American character is quite difficult because American identity is vaguely founded on shared values and ideologies, more so than a particular creed, race, or culture. In order to describe the American character, we will consider the dominate and distinctive qualities of Americans as interpreted by J. Hector St. Jon De Crèvecoeur and Thomas Paine. First, we will examine how Crèvecoeur illustrates Americans as industrious, prideful, and political in “Letters from an American Farmer.” Then

  • Norman Mailer's An American Dream: The Character of Steven Rojack

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    Mailer's An American Dream: The Character of Steven Rojack In almost every genre of literature there is the classic antagonist, and the classic protagonist. When examining these characters, there are certain guidelines which authors follow. However, there are times in literature when the classic guidelines are broken, and a new prototype emerges. Contemporary writer Norman Mailer broke the mold of the classic character(s) when writing the novel, An American Dream. In An American Dream

  • Analysis of Characters in Ugly American by by Burdick and Lederer

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    The next character I will mention is Honorable Gilbert MacWhite, who replaced Ambassador Sears in Sarkhan. This character functioned in complete contrast to Sears. He understood the sensitivity of the US mission in Sarkhan and how vulnerable the Sarkhanese government was to potential communist influences. He also understood the communist threat and did not underestimate it. MacWhite’s understanding of the operational environment was clear from the beginning and made constant efforts in understanding

  • Characters Lose Their Innocence Throughout American Literature

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    Characters lose their innocence throughout American literature. What exactly does “losing their innocence” mean? Losing one’s innocence can be seen as a character maturing. A character may lose his/her innocence in ways including viewing of traumatic event, especially one that will scar his/her life forever. Losing one’s innocence can also be caused by losing one’s trust in someone whom he/she once trusted, catching a glimpse into the “real world”, or performing an immoral act. The recurring theme

  • Characters Filled with Hatred in Movie American History X

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    American History X is an invigorating movie that takes its viewers on a journey in a well thought and unsuspecting plot. The main character is consumed with hatred for every race excluding white Protestants. When he encounters desocialization/resocialization in a prison, he changes his thoughts and beliefs, and they follow him even after he leaves the prison. Groupthink and deviance are both displayed in this movie thoroughly. While groupthink is accepted in society and portrayed as the norm, deviance

  • Setting shapes characters: Patrick Bateman in American´s Psycho

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    When Bret Easton Ellis published his third novel, American Psycho, he was extremely criticized for the graphic content of the book. It was violent, obscene and gory. It was later banned in some places, attacked by the liberal journals and he received various death threats. As a young and smart writer he decided not to speak out about the real reasons why he wrote the novel. He was not even able to read it again until the summer of 2001. After some time, his book that was commonly misread was eventually

  • The Role of Female Characters in American Literature: The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath

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    through a feminist lens, they will notice the depiction of female characters, and this makes a large statement on the author’s perception of feminism. Through portraying these women as specific female archetypes, the author creates sense of what roles women play in both their families and in society. In books such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the roles that the main female characters play are, in different instances, both comparable and dissimilar

  • The Corrruption Of Innocence

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    authors, but now we come to see it in our lives a lot more frequently. According to authors like Emerson and Salinger, who although wrote their pieces so far apart, feel everyday in life the American Character is faced upon with the corruption of innocence that takes away from their unique American Character. In his book, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger focuses on the theme of innocence for a large amount of time. Holden constantly refers to everyone as being a phony and that they had lost

  • Character Analysis Of American Character By Colin Woodard

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    American Character by Colin Woodard, is a book about America’s history and the upcoming of how the United States has become. Woodard starts off first explaining what it was like when America was colonized by the New England colonists and goes onward to present-day America. A book like this should be deemed great for a political history class because of the vast amount of information it has. Although, this book is exceptionally very small for a book of such kind, Woodard loves jumping around from

  • Explaining The Twenties

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    In 1920, for the first time, the United States census revealed that more Americans lived in cities than in rural areas. This fact speaks to a dramatic cultural shift that had taken place. The older ethnically homogenous white Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) culture, characterized by their traditional religion and farm life fell into decline. Overtaking its influence was a new, secular, urban mass culture rooted among diverse ethnic groups. It was a culture that provided more opportunity for equal participation

  • The American Dream Character Analysis

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    Chapter-1: Introduction to American Dream The history of American civilization is the story of the rise and fall of the great American Dream. ‘The Progressive Era’ and ‘The Great Depression’ were the two prominent phases of American Civilization. The progress era witnessed the ideals of harmonious human community largely operative to bring the Dream of prosperity to core reality. The poverty, stagnation, pessimism and imperfection were considered un-American words whereas the depression decades

  • American Crevecoeur Character Traits

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    Crevecoeur’s favorite word to describe the American character is industrious. Americans work hard because they know that their work will pay off for them. Crevecoeur points to a cycle that sets Americans up for success: . . . the indulgent laws, protect them as they arrive, stamping on them the symbol of adoption; they receive ample rewards for their labors; these accumulated rewards procured them lands; those lands confer on them the title of freemen, and to that title every benefit is affixed

  • American Sniper Character Analysis

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    In the movie American Sniper by Clint Eastwood we find ourselves in thrown into the heated and bloody War on Terror with a special group of men known as United States Navy Seals. The main characters of this incredible movie include Chris Kyle who becomes the most lethal sniper in American history played by Bradley Cooper, Taya who is Chris’s wife portrayed by Sienna Miller, Marc Lee who is a teammate and fellow operator on SEAL team 3 played by Luke Grimes and finally Biggle’s another operator on

  • Comparing Colonial Virginia and Colonial New England's Effect on American Character

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    I believe colonial New England had more of an effect on the American character than Virginia for several reasons. First they promoted more of the values that have transcended into modern day America such as religious toleration, their educational ideas and their focus on the importance of family. And we shouldn’t forget the fact that the American Revolution began in New England so in essence the America we know today would not exist without New England. First off, colonial New England was more

  • American Born Chinese Character Analysis

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    In Gene Luen Yang’s comic book “American Born Chinese” various examples of cultural and social commentary are strewn throughout the page’s panels. The diversity of the character’s backgrounds and upbringings give a multifaceted look on how society views different races, genders, classes and so on. One character in particular, Wei-Chen, is a great example of a character whose alienation uncovers the ugly truth of society's assumptions and moral values when judging others. Through dialogue, plot twists

  • Charles W. Chesnutt’s use of characters and rhetorical devices to address social issues of Afro-American during the Reconstruction period.

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    African Americans history has been one of the most difficult yet grandiose parts of the human evolution. Their journey was long to reach the freedom they have today in America. One of the most important part of the afro American story is the Reconstruction period who took part from 1865 to 1877. Black literature also grew during that time and became more inspirational for future generations yet mostly descriptive of the shifts from slavery to some kind of freedom. Charles W. Chesnutt, an Afro-American

  • American Born Chinese Character Analysis

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    Meaning behind the Story American Born Chinese reveals an idea that is subliminal throughout the book. In America, whether it is implicit or explicit, individuals are segregated by their religious or cultural perspectives. Individuals, or in this case, Jin Wang, had the ultimatum of choosing the side of American or Chinese. However what this book reveals is that there is the ever present third option of picking both and having both aspects of ideologies together. In this paper, I will use the appearance