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American Literature

There is no rules or guidelines to classify certain stories as American Literature. So, what makes a story American Literature? “Rip Van Winkle,” by Washington Irving, is a profound short story and an example of American Literature. “Rip Van Winkle” is about a man who falls asleep for several years. He finally wakes up and he sees that the places around him have changed tremendously. When he returns to the village no one remembers him, except an old villager, who verifies his story. Washington...

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Realism and Naturalism in American Literature

2013 Realism in Huckleberry Finn Between the end of the civil war in 1865 to about 1910, two styles of literature dominated American literature: realism and naturalism. Realism presents the world as it really is. One of the well known writers of realism, William Dean Howell’s, wrote “realism in nothing more and nothing less than the truthful treatment of material.” Realism in literature tends to be the plain and direct account of whatever is being written about. Writers of realism fill their...

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Mid-Term Test: American Literature

code:__________________________ Class:_________ AMERICAN LITERATURE I MID-TERM TEST TIME: 50 minutes 1) According to the U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776), what are the fundamental rights that all men are born with and cannot be deprived from? a) Freedom, Equality and Democracy b) Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness c) Life, Freedom and Equality d) Freedom, Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness . 2) Which of the followings is NOT true about American culture? a) It is racially and ethnically...

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American Literature

Native-American Literature, c.20,000B.C.E.-present Characteristics The literature is as diverse as the cultures that created it, but there are often common elements such as stories explaining creation or natural forces. Major Writers or Works Oral narratives: Myths; legends; songs; creation stories from groups such as the Zuni, Aztec, Navajo, Lakota, Seneca, Tlingit, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Cree, Inuit, and many more. Exploration Period, 1492-1607 Characteristics The first European writings...

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American Literature

Essay American literature traces back to the time of the Native Americans and Puritans, and over time developed many literary movements influenced by Transcendentalists and Realists. The beliefs of the Native Americans and Puritans as well as the philosophy of the Transcendentalists and Realists contrast with one another. These four major groups of American writers all differ in the sense that all of them look to a different power head or ideology for truth. For example, Native Americans look outside...

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Literature and Social Reality

Literature and Social Reality xxxx ENG/492 xxxx xxxx In this paper I will discuss and analyze the social forces of immigration and industrialization that shape literature during the period of 1865 to 1912. I will describe the major literary movements of the period. Additionally I will explain how Realism and Naturalism influenced the literature of the period, how immigration and industrialization contributed to the influences. I will illustrate using examples from some of the...

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American Dream

Corruption of the American Dream The American dream is an ideal that has been discreetly present since the beginning of American literature. Commonly, the dreamer aspires to rise from rags to riches, while accumulating such things as love, high status, wealth, and power. The early dream of acquiring western land has quickly and efficiently morphed into a vision of materialistic assets. In the past century, the American dream has increasingly focused on large houses, cars, and expensive gadgets...

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American Values In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gats

list of stories and poems dubbed American literature, it seems as though every genre and style of writing is represented, from science fiction to romance, adventure to tragedy. What sets these books apart from those written in other countries? When considering the degree of “Americanness” of a piece of writing is, one must consider how well it describes the intended era and how well it portrays American values such as freedom and equality. Classic American literature is often distinguishable by how...

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An Overview of the American Literary Periods

RESEARCH PAPER PREPARED ON : An Overview of the American Literary Periods Submited by : YAHIAOUI HAMDOUD ALANE Academic Year: 2012 / 2013 Early American Fiction (1492-1789)  Literature is told through the oral tradition.  Works largely consist of origin myths, legends, chants, and other stories.  Spiritual forces show up in water, land, animals, etc. which shows a major theme in Native American literature…reverence for nature.  The next period goes from the...

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The American Dream

Two writers who come quickly to my mind whenever I hear or see images of American patriotism are John Steinbeck and Hunter S. Thompson. As different as these two men are, their writing is similar in that the American Dream constantly fails their characters. Both seek to define America and the American Dream, however, it remains seemingly elusive, and both writers fail to find it. I choose Steinbeck and Thompson because, to me, their writing styles are the same. They have the same lust for language...

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