American Myth Essays

  • Pocahontas: A Great American Myth

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    Pocahontas: A Great American Myth John Smith's tales of the Indian princess, Pocahontas, have, over time, encouraged the evolution of a great American myth. According to this myth, which is common knowledge to most Americans, Pocahontas saved Smith from being killed by her father and his warriors and then fell in love with John Smith. Some versions of the myth popular among Americans include the marriage of Smith and Pocahontas. Although no one can be sure of exactly what happened almost four-hundred

  • An American Myth Exploded in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

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    An American Myth Exploded in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a demonstration of the affliction with which America has been stricken. It is an affliction of false idealism, but also a birthing of the consumer. It is this consumer society which is the affliction, and the characters of this drama are unable to cure themselves of it. Willy Loman is the manifestation of the consumerism which is destroying society. He is the corporeal manifestation of

  • The Myth of the American Dream

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    Striving for success nobody thinks that he follows somebody’s well planned way. A single person or a small group does not create the notion of success, but it is created by our whole society. The myth of instant wealth is one of the most popular myths society uses. In fact society uses the hope of instant wealth to make people work harder. The fact that they do not have a real chance of obtaining that wealth by competing in the economic system stays invisible to the most of people. When we imagine

  • Myth Of The American Frontier

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    Perhaps the most significant myth in American culture is that of the American frontier. Its symbolic meaning created such moral, ethical, and emotional values in American that it paved the way for a country that would grow from an East Coast settlement, to a coast-to-coast nation of progress. One of the most famous stories in frontier mythology is that of Paul Bunyan. Although Bunyan’s stories didn’t appear on paper until the early twentieth century, his stories were passed down by word of mouth

  • gatdream Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby

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    Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby The American Constitution declares the freedom and equality among all people. On this declaration was built the collective dreams of a nation as well as millions of personal dreams. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, exposes the American Constitution for the myth that it always was by revealing the existing class distinctions. The Great Gatsby provides the petty details of the aimlessness and shallowness of the idyll rich, the extravagance

  • Native American Creations: The Myth Of The Earth Divers

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    The myth of the Earth Divers is a part of Native North American tribe depicting the creation of earth by animals. It is believed that before the existence of earth there were sky people who lived beyond the sky. One day, chief’s daughter became and ill and to cure her illness the sky people digs up the tree and lay her besides the hole. The tree fell down in the hole and drags the chief’s daughter with it. As the girl falls, she saw only water beneath her. The swan captures the falling girl and landed

  • Compare And Contrast Native American Creation Myths

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    indigenous people from around the world provide varying explanations of how man's presence began on the earth. Naturally, the Native Americans tribes who populated America prior to the Europeans discovery of the new land also possessed their own creation myths. The following compares two different Native American creation myths taken from different points in early American history. Will the different versions demonstrate a Christian influence that accompanied the European settlers in the new world?

  • The American Dream vs The American Myth

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    were on a journey which lasted months, possibly years of your life, you would want to arrive at your destination seeing the same thing you had dreamt of during the trip. What if, when you got there, you discovered that the dream was actually a myth? The American settlers discovered just that. Is this not similar to High School? Everybody has a specific view, or dream, of High School that very first day they walk in as a freshman. How often is this dream a realistic one? Take, for instance, the first

  • American Slave Myth

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    of America and its economy. In reality, the slave owners of the south were blinded by a myth that had been imbedded into American society. In fact, slavery was logically not necessary to America’s society or economy at all. The institution of slavery only brought detriment to the characters of the American people. This caused aspiring abolitionists like Frederick Douglass to pursue the debunking of this myth and to reveal to society that it was far from the truth. The first way that Douglass disproves

  • Myths of the American Dream Exposed in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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    Myths of the American Dream Exposed in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Willy Loman, the lead character of Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, believes in "the myths of the capitalistic society"(DiYanni 412). This essay will examine the impact of the capitalistic myths on Willy Lowman. Willy believes in the myth that popularity and physical appearance are the keys that unlock the door to the “American Dream”. We are first introduced to the importance of popularity and physical appearance

  • Native American Myths

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    The Functions Of A Native American Myth A myth is known as the dramatic of culturally important truths in narrative form. Myths represent dramatized shared visions of the world for people that told them. In this essay I will be discussing the functions of a Native American myth in relation to the myth, “ The World On a Turtle's Back.” Some of those functions are; to instill awe; to explain the world; to support customs and rituals; and lastly to guide people. The first function that I will be

  • American Old West Myths

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    In the American old west myths,legends,and fairy tales are all highly exaggerated and hard to find real ones,but some you read are true. The American Old West was a brutal environment that can very easily be considered the deadliest of the world due to its environments that it suits some but in total this world is where the Myths,Legends,and Fairy tales come from there for some are fake but some are real.Ex-Billy the kid. The Religion that the old west was known for was the Catholic religion that

  • Asian Americans: The Model Minority Myth

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    The model minority myth perceives Asian Americans as the superior racial group in the United States, under whites, which in effect maintains hegemony. Hegemony is the domination of a diverse culture’s views in order to make these views the most accepted reality, this can be done through coercion and manipulation. Hegemony only benefits those who are creating these ideas and the people of the same ruling class. What this means when it comes to the model minority myth is that it creates the accepted

  • The Model Minority Myth Of Asian Americans

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    academics to refer to Asian Americans. The stereotype suggests that Asian Americans are more academically, economically and socially successful than any other racial minority groups, and it was achieved by overcoming disadvantages through hard work, thrift, strong family ties, and emphasizing children’s education. Contrary to this popular belief by Americans, the exaggerated praising of Asian Americans as the model minority is false. This positive image of Asian Americans as a model minority has a

  • Asian Americans: The Model Minority Myth

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    are normalized. The "model minority" myth, a “positive” stereotype that states Asians are perfect in everything they do, and the fetishization of Asians perpetrated at school, work, and in media have negative effects on Asian Americans that are ignored, which can include severe mental health issues dismissed as being lazy or unmotivated. Stereotypes of physical attributes are also normalized in society and overlooked in mainstream media, rendering Asian Americans to feel ostracized if they don't fit

  • Asian American Model Minority Myth

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    creates the foundation that the model minority myth is built upon. It is the concept that America consists entirely of only two racial groups – black and white. The paradigm fails to incorporate the experiences of other minority groups that also struggle with racism and discrimination. It establishes the fundamentals of the middleman minority phenomenon and the honorary white/forever foreigner, which all ties back to the model minority. Asian Americans are used as “a buffer between Black and White

  • Virgin Land: The American West As Symbol And Myth

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    Virgin Land: The American West As Symbol and Myth, by Henry Nash Smith is a very interesting book and it’s not your typical history book. It is an critical analysis of how Americans view the western expansion through the myths, legends, and symbolic culture that’s associated with it. Smith delves into the topic of what the West and the frontier meant to the American public. This is not a book which discusses established history but a book about what people believe is true about the American past. This

  • American Cultural Myths

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    The United States and cultural myths pertaining to this country have been a topic of discussion for many years. Stephanie Coontz’s “The Way We Wish We Were”, David Brooks’ “One Nation Slightly Divisible” and Margaret Atwood’s “A Letter to America” are all essays about different American cultural myths. Each author focuses on a different cultural myth that pertains to the United States. They explain how these myths are thwarting a realistic view of America. As well as changing the perception of the

  • Unveiling Truths: Native American Traditions and Myths

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    Prior to encountering the works Indian Pride: Myths and Truths, Indian Pride: Treaties and Sovereignty, and The Sundance Ceremony, I had speculated that Fools Crow exaggerated Native American customs and traditions in order to create a more compelling novel. Yet, after analyzing these works, I found that I was completely wrong. As Linda Smith states in Decolonizing Methodologies: “It galls us that Western researchers and intellectuals can assume to know all there is to know of us, on the basis of

  • The African-American Myth In People Who Could Fly

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    Julius Lester’s folktale, “People Who Could Fly” explores the African-American myth, which states that people of African decent has the powers to physically take flight. Throughout “People Who Could Fly,” the “flying Africans” decide to take flight on a quest back to Africa to escape slavery and oppression. “People Who Could Fly” displays the theme of flight by showing the “flying Africans” escaping from restraining circumstances and becoming free. In “People Who Could Fly,” the African witch doctor