American literature is much different from literature most authors write today. American
literature has meaning and a sturdy purpose. Three words with important meaning in society appear in
American literature. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or
restraint is the legal definition of freedom. Freedom allows people to express anything or do anything
they want to if it doesn't offend people and as long it isn't violating any rights of others. Without
freedom a lot of things would be stolen away from us. The state of being equal, especially in status,
rights, and opportunities is the legal definition for equality. Equality provides a safety barrier for people
because is assures them that no matter who they are they're going to have equal rights and opportunities
as the person standing next to them. A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something is
the legal definition of opportunity. Opportunity is a chance someone can have to do something.
Without opportunities how can anything be accomplished? These three things all go hand in hand.
Without one it's hard to have the other two. This is why these three things put together is known as the
American dream. American literature teaches people of today's times how the American dream has
evolved and how it has affected the world around it.
Freedom is seen in American literature in the form of freedom being available and people
having it or in the form of freedom being taken away and freedom being unavailable. “That's all right-
that's all right- if you'll hold my box a minute, I'll go and get you a frog.”(Twain, 467). This quote is
from Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This quote displays freedom
because in Mark Twain's time period, the idea of taking a frog from its natural habitat probably was not
a big deal at all and everyone else most likely had bigger and better things to worry about. The idea of
taking a frog would not have crossed the mind of someone's head and caused them to think that they
were doing a bad thing. In his time, people had the freedom to go take a frog and have no consequences
or fussing after it was all said and done. In today's society if someone were to read this story now and
read about how a man used a frog just for a bet they would ask many questions in their head about the
wellbeing of the frog and what happened to the frog after it was used. People today are more cautious
about nature and animals and how both should be treated. In Twain's time it was not a huge concern
because of the time it was and because of other things going on around them. Their freedoms were
different in what types of things they had freedom in and what types of things were strictly outlawed. “
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over
in my mind ever since. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he...