The American Identoty From Two Perspectives

2231 words - 9 pages

1-Introduction
Since the birth of the new country, America had to create everything from zero. When America was discovered it was a wild territory in which the culture, the language and the religion according to Europeans were not developed. At the very beginning of the birth of the country, America was divided into different colonies whose population was basically immigrants from Europe. Those immigrants, who came to America, were from England, Holland, France, German, and Scandinavian population. They carried the culture, language, and traditions from their countries and then they were adapted to the new country and to the new style of life. This melting pot of cultures made America to ...view middle of the document...

Many writers tried to describe using all the literary devices and talking from one perspective the white Anglo-Saxon perspective. This was the dominant perspective in literature during many years and literature was not only the art of writing beautiful texts to enjoy, it was also to write texts with social, political or other different purposes. The American literature grow up during the 19th and 20th centuries and it was under the political and more important the religious power. All the literary compositions created in America were under the dominant cannon of Europe which consisted on white male writer. It is true that they create the identity of the nation with a multicultural society and diversity but under the white supremacy. They were the descendants of those Pilgrim Fathers and their idea was to create a new race based on the values of those pilgrims and with a powerful identity. They established some icons and some symbols related to this new identity. For instance, the flag with bars and stars, the eagle, and the statue of liberty.
Although the majority of the population was composed by white people, as I have explained before, there was a minority composed by Native American population. According to the white population they were not people because they did nor share any characteristics, they were illiterate, their religion was not valid and they were not strong enough to defend their rights fighting against those who wanted to finish with the original Americans. After the American Revolution, some authors considered the Native Americans as White Americans and they ashamed the conditions of the African- American population, the injustices against them and the pain they had caused.
Along the years, the American writers have developed their literature and its evolution has been one of the most remarkable and fast. As we have mentioned before, the American nation is a melting pot of cultures and this mixture makes the American literature be so rich and so different from the European literature although the former is based on the latter models. Looking at the American literature we can see how the different authors defend their own identity and their origin without taking into account the color of the skin, the religion, or the ideology.

2- The duality in the American National Identity
The fact that the American nation was a melting pot of cultures of nationalities made that the literature had different perspectives and with literature the authors tried to claim their rights and their existence. Literature was one of the most powerful weapons to fight against the injustices and American authors used it to fight. Although the American population was so big there are two dominant “races”. In this essay will explain the national identity from two different perspectives. The first one, from the perspective of Walt Whitman, a white writer and concretely in his work I hear America singing. The second one, from the perspective of a black...

Find Another Essay On the american identoty from two perspectives

The ability to look from macro to micro sociological perspectives from a personal expierence

767 words - 3 pages contributor. I am familiar with this particular drug as I probably went through two hundred dollars worth in high school. The major ingredient is Ephedrine. Ephedrine is the principal extract from Ma Huang. Ephedrine is a "beta-adrenergic agonist," which means it increases heart rate, blood pressure, and thermal energy by burning fat for energy. My experience with this is it is very effective but unless a person is already in good health (which is

Perspectives on the End of Life in James Dickey's The View From The Hospital Window

1253 words - 5 pages frail thing called life is compared the great aspect of enjoying life. Dickey’s purpose for this poem is to the reader to realize that life is a feeble thing and one needs to have that revelation for one to truly be able to cherish life and others around oneself. Through Dickey’s use of similes, metaphors, and imagery he is able to fully convey his purpose for this poem and allow for his readers to have a new view of life from the hospital window

Maternal Perspectives and the Affect on Childhood Obesity in the Mexican American Population: An Article Review

873 words - 3 pages food intake and nutrition was a way that they ensured good health of their preschool children. When expanded upon, the answers that the mothers gave to this question was not far of from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on preventing and managing obesity in children. One limitation of this particular finding was that since all of the women in the study had children that were enrolled in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutritional

The Lady Eagles Basketball Team: Perspectives from Fans, Players, and Myself

1604 words - 7 pages case study on the USM Lady Eagles basketball team. So, what are the attitudes about the Lady Eagle’s Basketball Team from different perspectives? Do fans think they are boring and slow? Are the Lady Eagles aware of their limited fan support? Also, I will explain my thoughts about the Lady Eagles. Overall, the Lady Eagles are a very good team, and it is unfortunate that because they are women, fans do not place them on the same pedestal as the

Compare and Contrast Between Rwanda and Darfur Genocide, from the Constructivism and Realism Perspectives

1500 words - 6 pages people who were left at the mercy of their perpetrators. These are selfish and unacceptable decisions that the American authorities made in abandoning this people. By not acting on the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur, the United Nations and US authorities sent clear international messages that atrocities and other genocide activities are widely accepted. For instance, the UN removed all the peacekeepers from Rwanda increasing the brutalities that

Lexical Development from the Perspectives of Artificial Neural Network Models and Dynamical Systems Theory

2355 words - 9 pages studies of early vocabulary growth focused on age group of around 2 years old for which logistic curve was able to account for observable data. In their study, the modelling was conducted on longitudinal data obtained from a study of vocabulary production of one child beyond the 1-word stage till the 30th month of age. When examining the data, it was found that there were actually two acceleration points in production. The growth rate increased

HOME SCHOOLING This essay prove gives the many different views of home schooling from many perspectives

1099 words - 4 pages . Umbrella Schooling gives legitimacy to home-schooling in states that generally discourage it. Montessori, which is also a school itself, uses a hands-on approach to schooling. Home-school teachers can use quite a few more resources.There are many wonderful opportunities that a child can receive from home-schooling. One of the advantages to home-schooling is the ability to have a flexible schedule. Having a flexible schedule is almost as great as

The Bizarre American Revolution from 1765-1783

1700 words - 7 pages The American Revolution was an immense event in U.S history. There were many positive outcomes for America after the revolution. America gained independence after this was all over and also expanded their territory east of the Mississippi. There were many significant events leading to the revolution. Many acts made by the British against the Americans in order to pay back debt from the French and Indian war. The British were not happy with

The Changing American Character From 1588-1700

1067 words - 4 pages "Some historians have seen the first hundred years of the colonial experience mainly as preparation for the last fifty" (White, 209). This quote from Our Colonial Heritage displays the authors viewpoint on the formation of the American identity. In the first hundred years of this country the settlers who arrived were British, but 100 years later, by the Queen Anne's war, they had become American. While there were many changes that the settlers

In this essay I will describe two sociological perspectives; I will also explain the similarities and differences between two of the main theories functionalism and Marxism

882 words - 4 pages institution.Marxism sees society consisting of two classes, a subject class and a ruling class in opposition to this the functionalists argue that there are many classes in society, and point towards a division of labour. From a functionalist view the inequality in society is seen to be functional and that authority is given to those who can satisfy social needs and high rewards to those in functionally important positions.Talcott Parson argued that any

A Comparison of Two Paintings from the Renaissance Period

939 words - 4 pages A Comparison of Two Paintings from the Renaissance Period Introduction      This paper will compare the themes found in the paintings “Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist and an Angel” by Domenico di Bartolomeo Ubaldini (Puligo) and “Madonna Enthroned” by Giotto. Both paintings deal with fables from the Christian faith but were executed during different periods in art. The Giotto painting was created around 1310 and the Puglio

Similar Essays

The Stock Market, Perspectives From 2002

914 words - 4 pages It is believed that it will be very difficult for many investors to come to terms, and that returns will be quite modest into the foreseeable future in stocks. Why? Because according to the Wall Street Journal, more than half of all stock investors began investing during the 1990s, a time of unprecedented stock market strength. From 1995 through 1999, the Dow industrials averaged a gain of 24.7% a year and the NASDAQ composite averaged a 41.9

The Civilized And The Primitive: Two Contrasting Perspectives

1606 words - 6 pages primitive may at first seem to contradict Freud’s characterization of primitive people as savage animals, there lies an important distinction between these two facets of Freud’s thinking: the perspectives from which they are derived. When Freud maintains the 19th century insulting attitude towards the primitive, he is speaking from the perspective of a member of the dominant civilized world. He personally involved himself in his disparagement of

Gender Development And Differences From The Perspectives Of Psychology

1708 words - 7 pages issue of gender is the most prominent factor when constructing identities. People derive a sense of identity through belonging to groups, and the basic two groups of humans are male and female. Hence, starting from a very early age, people tend to identify with either group of sex. Social constructionists believe that gender is not necessarily determined by sex; rather it is a socially constructed set of ideas about what it is to be male or female

A Reflection On The Meaning Of Life From Three Perspectives

2521 words - 11 pages death anymore, because they are only concerned with life. How now to connect the philosophy of Simone De Beauvoir to these two great thinkers of history? It is remarkable that De Beauvoir did not even consider herself a philosopher. So is it strange to present her ideas in row with Socrates and Spinoza? To me it makes sense, because she can show us some new perspectives on the meaning of life that we could impossibly receive from the first two