How Does Literature Shape American Culture?

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American Literature: Literary or Geometry? How does American literature shape American culture? America, a baby nation compared to many other countries, has shaped itself into one of the most politically and technically advanced places in the world. The definition of American Literature is any literary work written in, or about The United States. The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, The Narrative of the Life of Fredric Douglass and various other works of literature are all pieces of American literature that have helped shape American society. The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in the sixteen hundreds. Hester Prynne is accused of committing adultery in her small puritan settlement but…show more content…
This so much like the American attitude of the 1920’s where even the most average person felt like they had a chance of becoming a millionaire but that idea slowly consumed many Americans into debt or worse. The American dream developed further as the era went on and many challenged social reforms but when the stock market crashed so did this optimistic American dream. St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry stands in front of the Virginia Convention to persuade them into joining the Revolutionary War in the hopes of gaining freedom from England. Given the era, Patrick Henry was taking an enormous risk proclaiming to fight against its mother nation. Although the speech was not entirely in truth, we still see an accurate representation of Americans fighting for their dreams. In this case that dream was freedom. This piece of literature not only earned us our freedom, but also helped to better shape the American dream. Even fifty plus years after writing How to Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee is still one of the best American authors of the time. She paints a beautiful picture of the oppressed American south and elaborates the grim past of Jim Crow Laws and racial segregation. The book shares many lessons about family, friendship, forgiveness, and standing up for what is right -- even if the
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