Manifest Destiny Character Analysis

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Even more importantly, Bich explains how the Ingallses were the “epitome of American,” because they were constantly moving and expressed this “desire to keep pushing on to see what lands lie beyond the horizon” (Nguyen, 156-159). This implied that they believed in Manifest Destiny, which captured this migration to the west in order to expand Christian ways and to refine less prestigious inhabitants (Ethnicity and Lakota Religion and History, July 11, 2017). However, as she sees in her book, the mother character becomes very racist toward the native Indians on the American lands, which is something that Bich cannot tolerate, as she rereads this story over, possibly because she too is an immigrant that feels unaccepted by the dominating white culture. This idea also came hand in hand with the feeling of white supremacy, which Bich refutes in Ma and Mary’s characters especially because with this privilege they always “took pride in being free and independent, they loved church, and knew the Bible inside and out…” (Nguyen, 160). All these ideals made Bich feel reserved and somewhat disgusted when she broke down the true meanings behind the stories. This was because she realized that this concept of Manifest Destiny that she once believed in because both Laura and Pa upheld this “bootstrap method” of starting off with nothing and eventually finding one’s social status and a “place to call home,” was actually a detrimental tool to bring out American exceptionalism and make ethnic
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