National Ethos of the United States

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College Prep. First Semester Essay
The American Dream is a national ethos of the united states in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success. In the definition of the American dream by james truslow adams in 1931. “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The idea of the American dream is rooted in the United States declaration of independence which proclaims that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights including life liberty and the pursuit of happiness 1. The ideals of freedom, equality and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American 2. A life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S. Unit One

Origins and Encounters, In Harmony With Nature: Native American Traditions, is about Native American Literature. There were many different tribes of Native Americans; examples include Iroquois, Cherokee and Navajo. They reflected their religious beliefs, political systems, and social values throughout their stories. The majority of Native American literature was oral and was passed down from generation to generation. Native American literature doesn’t have anything to do with the American Dream because at this time in history the American Dream didn’t exist. The World on the Turtle’s Back, written by the Iroquois, is about how the world ended up being formed. It talks of how the woman had twins that were opposite that brought the balance within the world. “Within the girl’s body, the twins began to argue and quarrel with one another. There could be no peace between them.” This is a quote from The World on the Turtle’s Back, it talks about how even before birth the twins constantly fought. If they fought before birth then they would obviously fight when they were born. “The world the twins made was a balanced and orderly world, and this was good.” This quote represents how the twins brought balance. For everything the right-handed twin made the left-handed twin made something to balance it out. An example would be when the right-handed twin made berries and fruits for the animals to live on the left-handed twin made briars and poison ivy. Unit Two: Part 1

From Colony to Country, Between Heaven and Hell; The Puritan tradition, is about Puritan literature. Puritans valued hard work, and self-sacrifice. They valued family life, community service, art and literature. They were very intolerant of viewpoints different from their own. In a lot of Puritan literature they don’t talk about the ideals that come with the American Dream. Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is about how a guy believes that most women are constantly trying to tempt guys to kiss them. “”You come in here with bells on your ankles, so’s I’ll have to look at your ankles and your pretty pink feet,” said Fuller. “You kiss the cat, so’s I’ll have to think about how it’d be to be the cat,” said Fuller. “You call an old man an angel, so’s I’ll have to think about what it’d be like to be called an angel by you,” said Fuller. “You hide your key in front of everybody, so’s I’ll have to think about where that key is,” said Fuller.” This quote from Miss Temptation shows examples of things women do to temp a man to kiss them. Miss Temptation doesn’t speak about anything relating the American Dream. From Colony to Country, The Right to Be Free: Writers in the Time of Revolution, is about writings and speeches told within the time of the American Revolution. At this time Americans were trying to figure themselves out and what they wish to do with their country. A lot of the stories at this time have to do with the American Dream. They talk about following their wishes for a better life. Also for freedom and liberty. What Is an American?, is about how people sought out better...
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