What Is American Liturature

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Evans 1
Charlie Evans
Ms. Alcantar
English, Period 3
September 4, 2013
English 2 Writing Assignment
All writers don’t always agree on what American literature truly is. Carson McCuller once said, “All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems that we Americans are the loneliest of all. Our hunger for foreign places and new ways has been with us almost like a national disease. Our literature is stamped with a quality of longing and unrest, and our writers have been great wanderers.” This quote captures the essence of American literature because it demonstrates the American sense of adventure. Many books such as “Tom Sawyer”, “Fahrenheit 451” and “Black Like Me” are all great examples of American literature. They each capture a part of our American Literature, both good aspects of it and bad.

The quote states that all Americans are longing for foreign places and new ways, in other words an adventure, which “the Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is full of. Several adventurous scenes from this book are very familiar to many people and have become a part of American literature: for example, the scene in which Tom manipulates others to paint a fence which he was supposed to have painted himself, the scene with Tom and Becky lost in the cave, and the scene of the boys in the graveyard. “Tom Sawyer” captures the essence of adventure, with all its excitement, fear, and mischievousness.

Evans 2

“Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin fulfils Americans longing to experience both new ideas and new places through the imagination of talented storytellers. The idea of what it is like to walk in the shoes of another human being and a place that has harsh racial barriers, a lot of hatred and a close bond between others that had the same color skin tone. When John took on this experiment he discovered what it was like in the world of a black man in the 1900s in all its ups and downs. The reader was taken on a journey, maybe familiar to some and yet disheartening to...
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