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    The Great American Desert

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    The Great American Desert In the article, “The Great American Desert”, Edward Abbey (1977) is trying to convince the general public that the desert is not a place for humans to explore. He talks a lot about the dangers of the desert and tries to convince the readers that the desert is not worth wasting your time and going and visiting. I disagree with Abbey. Anyone who has some knowledge about the desert and takes a class or is accompanied by an expert who knows a lot about the desert should

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    Abbey's Great American Desert Environmentalist and desert-lover, Edward Abbey in his essay “The Great American Desert” warns readers about the perilous dangers of the American deserts while simultaneously stirring curiosity about these fascinating ecosystems. He both invites and dissuades his readers from visiting the deserts of North America through the use of humor and sarcasm. In this essay, he is rhetorically successful in arguing that the open spaces of the undeveloped deserts are sacred

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    Long ago, the middle of the North American continent was a treeless prairie covered by tall grasses and roaming buffalo. When European settlers came, they called this area the Great American Desert. Today, this "desert" is covered with fields of wheat, corn, and alfalfa made possible by center-pivot irrigation. My grandfather used to sell center-pivot systems and when my family drove to my grandparent's home in Nebraska, we would count how many "sprinklers" were watering each section of land. At

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    Egan notes, “No group of people took a more dramatic leap in lifestyle or prosperity, in such a short time, than wheat farmers on the Great Plains” (Egan 42). The revenue from selling wheat far exceeded the cost of producing the wheat, so the large profit attracted people to produce more and more wheat. On top of the high profit from wheat, the Great War caused the price of wheat to rise even more. The supply of wheat rose with the price, but Egan points to information to demonstrate that

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    Is The Great Gatsby Really Great?

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    The Great Gatsby is a novel that has captivated the minds of many. One question still remains. Is Gatsby really great? The Great Gatsby is a novel that goes through the memories of the narrator, Nick Carraway, and his experience with a man named Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is in a sense the embodiment of the “American Dream” as he worked his way up from the bottom to the top all to get the girl of his dreams. Gatsby has his weak points but his strong points that led to his riches and achieving the all important

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    I believe that The Bluest Eye is a very good piece of literature, but it should not be considered a “Great American Novel”. I do believe that the novel is eye-opening to the horrors of being an African-American child during the 1940’s, but that these awful situations are not enough to make it a “Great American Novel”. This novel is supposed to become reality for the reader, which is successfully done, except when there are coincidences that occur seemingly to drive whatever plots, if any, that the

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    these words, Shakespeare captures the idea of realizing the true identity in one’s self. Unfortunately, at times, one might allow a disability to hinder him or her from achieving the realization of full genuine truth. Through Carson McCullers’ Great American Novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter the idea of disabilities hindering the truth about a man or woman clearly presents itself. The novel, published in 1940, takes place in a rural mill-town in the south from 1938-1939, just before WWII. In the

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    simplest explanation of the plots for two of American literature’s greatest novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, respectively. These stories, both appearing to have little to no similarities between them, are habitually not put together as being common tales with common literary elements shared between them; however, this opinion can be refuted. There are similarities between The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby on such literary devices as theme, archetypes

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    think that the great American novel was not written about New England or Chicago. It was written about a white whale in the South Pacific…” (Michener). American literature started with a single book, titled Moby Dick. This book existentially began the genre of literature that gets labeled “American”. Everything in history has the ability to change with one event taking place, and for American lit’s sake, Moby Dick being created was that event. Ever since “MD” got published, American lit standards

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    Mark Twain and American History

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    When people think ‘American History’, they usually think about wars and any major events that happened to and within the United States of America. They normally forget about authors that wrote books based on normal every day life and things that some people would take for granted. For example, Slavery was a major issue because people in the South thought it was normal to own slaves and people of the North believed that was wrong. Mark Twain was a famous American author who wrote about Slavery and

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