When the first settlers arrived to America they weren't ready for the challenges they were going to come across. Even though they had to start a new life they were brave and didn't let anyone get in the their way. When the pilgrims came across the Atlantic in the Mayflower they didn't have enough food or water for the whole trip. The pilgrims had to learn new things and be brave when they arrived to America. This responsibility of perseverance which is mentioned in two text, William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, helped the early settlers shape America's identity.
America is a gorgeous country, from her tall rocky mountains to her marvelous oceans. America has fought through the worst of battles, but she always comes out triumphant. America is a place where many individuals call home. She is a symbol of hope, acceptance, and new life. For years, people have been coming to her borders, looking for safety. America is an example to the world, of what a country should be to her people. America holds history, shows the present, and predicts the future. America is always moving forward; she is never content to stand still. However, America could not make all these changes by herself; it is her people that call themselves Americans that make her so great. American is an extremely generalized word. What makes
First of all, to be an American, one has to understand the traits America has developed that has separated it from other countries and made it unique. Early in American history, the
For hundreds of years, people have been immigrating to the United States in search of freedom, better living and the fulfillment of the American dream. Being an American means to uphold values of independence, responsibility and freedom. Patriotism and unity are main agents for a nation's identity. These values have been forged by our forefathers, and still remain vibrant in the American culture from east through west. As we will see, the existing American identity has been influenced by many factors, such as the Frontier, the Melting Pot and the political thoughts on this nation.
America — a land known for its ideals of freedom and new opportunities, a nation built under the idea that every man and women is created equal. However, the definition of what makes a person an American is entirely different from what it is that makes up America, itself. J.Hector St. John Crevecoeur, author of Letters from an American Farmer (1782), exposes what he believes makes an American. However, when compared to the standards of what makes an American in today’s world, it seems that becoming an American then was much simpler then, than it is today. The definition of an American is always evolving due to the influences of our changing nation. During a simpler time, Crevecoeur defined an American as someone of European
America: “land of the free and home of the brave” (Key line 8). This statement would not exist without the important writers that built America’s foundation. The word courageous, however, does not just apply to physically fighting soldiers, but, for the people fighting mentally. The authors of the important documents, that helped lay a foundation for America, had a ton of courage to speak their mind. The authors: Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson, used rhetorical devices not only to prove to Britain that their colony was worth fighting for, but also to influence colonists to join the fight.
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”- President Harry S. Truman. An American is someone who shows bravery, courage, and takes all opportunities that come their way. America accepts immigrants from all of the world, but a true American is someone who shows bravery, courage, can use any obstacle as motivation, and uses every opportunity to rise as high as they are willing to work.
Native Americans had a great understanding of courage; they understood that without the courage to take risks, they would not survive. They had life figured out back then; they knew
Bravery is not inherent, it is rather acquired from the circumstances or situation faced in the life. People face lot of problems in their lives and to cope with those situations and move in with one's life is the sheer example of being brave. The same has been depicted by both the authors in their respective books. First by Kaye Gibbons in her very famous book "Ellen Foster" where in the protagonist is shown as homeless girl with no one to take care of, yet she finds a way to live her life and find herself a house worth living. Second, by Mark twain in his
In Self Reliance, Emerson explains that our freedom to choose and our ability to think what we want to think define what America is. I believe it is characteristic of Americans to strive for what they think is right. In Poe’s the House of Usher, Usher decided to bury his sister alive. I think this story can relate to us today. Many people would say that America is known for persevering through rough times. I’d say the last few years have been a rough time for America, from 9/11 to now--the war in Iraq. Sometimes situations may seem unbeatable, like being trapped in a coffin, but if you fight hard enough, like we are against the terrorists and in Iraq, you can overcome anything. American’s can overcome anything. Usher’s sister was buried alive and finally broke from the coffin after a week of struggle. Also, many of the authors we have studied describe nature in riveting detail. To them and to me, our beautiful nature represents something more then just what you see with your eye—it represents America’s freedom. In Emerson’s Nature, Thorpe’s The Big Bear of Arkansas, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Bryant’s Thanatopsis, and Edwards’ Shadows of Divine Things, we see an apparent love and lust of nature by the authors. The great aspects of nature represent the great aspects of America—freedom. The mountains and trees scatter in nature in pure harmony just like the American people live freely in America. The authors had a fascination
Courage means “the ability to do something that frightens one.” Which is what three Native American’s did, but in many different ways, and showed courage to a lot of different things but they are all still related in at least one way.
This courage, or rather the opposite, is demonstrated in Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried, in particular the chapter entitled “On the Rainy River”. In the summer of 1968, O’Brien was drafted to perform military service in the Vietnam War. He, like many others, thought that this conflict was very unjust and he didn’t really understand what the United States was trying to accomplish. Unfortunately for O’Brien, he felt that if he did not go and perform the service like he intended that not only his family, but also his entire hometown would look at him as if he were a coward. In response, he states “I was a coward. I went to war.” (61). In the traditional sense, the
All humans on this planet are given a gift. This gift is one that plenty of people rarely take advantage of and put to good use. This gift is courage. Works of courage could be anywhere from a little girl venturing out into the ocean for the first time to troops combating for our freedom. They believe that they can overcome their problems, fear, and pain and that’s what courage is all about. One main example of a person with courage is Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor for ten years. She led over 19 trips and escorted 300 slaves to freedom. Harriet had so much courage that even though she had a bounty on her head she continued fighting to free more slaves. On the contrary, it might be said that courage has
These values can be observed in two notable works of American historical literature - Howard Zinn’s renowned narrative A People’s History of the United States, along with Joseph J. Ellis’s award-winning book Founding Fathers. Through a close analysis of both texts, one can observe how identity spawned courage, strength, and confidence in the people of America, inspiring them to push against common judgement and fight for their differences and the changes they believe in.