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Jealousy Is The Theme In The Necklace

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Do 6Hoang DoEnglish 2130Ms. SorensonJuly 25, 2014The Journey of American Literature: Search for America's IdentityThe journey of American Literature is an important contribution to find America's identity. The journey takes the reader back to when colonists came to the new world searching for their own opportunities. To frame America's identity, Americans have to understand the distinctiveness of their experiences, knowledge and skills, but moreover to express those to the world, so they may be recognized and esteemed as unique. American literature has its own way to impress people, and that uniqueness bases on the consequences of American history connected with its beginning moment. The inspiration that the writers' needs were mainly assembled by the influences of the environment around him or her, and through these events of history and world around the writers showed the power how the geography and history of America have created an effect on American literature. The Colonial era was based upon the colonists' way of life. The colonists were sensible, extremely dedicated, and persuaded of the appropriateness of their points. One of their points was the Bible which was the base upon which their literatures were created. The principle colonist's manner was a basic strong, plain, and rational. The colonies' literature also showed readers that their literatures were guided to the edification and direction of the colonists themselves, a plan to lead them in the paths of the godly. They had belief in the paths of the godly that God was the donor of all privileges and liberties. American literature reacted to the ideals of "the Enlightenment era, the great awakening, imperials politic and pursuing happiness" (Baym 159-65). These ideals forced the colonists to fight for their rights and freedoms, and they were ready for the Revolution to fight for their independence, and a new nation and literature were born at that time. One of these ideals is special -- the Enlightenment era that forced people to move to the Revolution and Renaissance. Then the American Literature Renaissance came to the new world, and it stood at the heart of transcendentalism, a movement that created a bottomless effect upon their native country and upon Europe. Noble-mindedness, ethical sincerity, and the craving improved society and edification, the affirmation of a philosophy of the human being as superior to custom and society. All these were powerfully American, and transcendentalism opened a new history of human philosophy…self-reliance. After the Revolutionary War brought victory for the colonists, Americans moved on to the next chapter, a reunited nation and the literature of a split in history. The increasing argument between the North and the South that ended the Civil War was reflected in area literature. American literature produced some female writers who were still considered not "autonomous subjects through the process of writing" (Goodman), and they...

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