Since this great country was first established many intuitive minds have tried to answer the question; "What is an American". This country is full of individuals of many backgrounds, and diversities and each person has a different opinion on this question. In my opinion, an American is someone who values freedom and equality and pursues the "American dream." Every American exercises these rights and these are great adjectives to describe our country. Each of the seven readings, and the one image I compiled help mold this broader definition into a more precise description of an American.
Something that is noticeably important about the content of this speech is Ickes’ word choice. He kept the wording simple and easy to follow. This way he could communicate with all of the American people. His choice of words also made the speech easier to put emotion and depth into. Although I have never personally seen the speech delivered I could feel the meaning behind it as I heard the words in my head. There was a depth and passion about the subject that Ickes meant
The soil of the middle-east stained with the blood of our American soldiers just so we can not take advantage of our right to vote. Though sometimes questionable, America's overall image portrayed to other countries is an honorable one. America is known for its democracy and as well as being a land of opportunities and many freedoms. America's assortment of ethnicities and cultures is proof that our country is a desirable one. Wars are being fought at this very moment to defend these freedoms.
What does it mean to be an American? In my eyes to be an American means to have privileges, rights, and freedom. America isn't perfect, but it is one of the only countries that have rights given to people of different diversities and gender. America does not have tremendous poverty. Instead we have choices given to us by the people who fought and died for the American people. Without George Washington and the other patriots who planted the first seed in the ground and help plant the American nation we live in now who knows what America would be like now.
When giving a speech a speaker must be able to connect with his audience, the speaker wants his/her speech to be easy to follow and easy to understand. It is for those specific reasons that speakers purposely put in lots of logos, pathos, and ethos into their speeches so that the audiences can connect emotionally, ethically, and intellectually with what they are talking about. A particular speech that uses many examples of pathos, logos, and ethos is The Great Arsenal of Democracy given by President Roosevelt on December 29, 1940. Throughout the speech President Roosevelt uses excessive amounts of pathos to connect with his people emotionally. He
What it means to be American? Everybody you ask this question to will have a completely different response. Some responses might have similarities but none will be exactly the same. In the beginning of the year my response was “To be an American means having a rich history, having opportunities to better ourselves, and having freedoms.” Unfortunately not everyone has had the same opportunities or freedoms. Native Americans, who are indigenous, dealt with having their freedoms taken away, less opportunities even though they had rich history in this land before it was taken away from them. Look at what Zitkala-Sa endured. Not only that, but African Americans have fought long and hard for freedom and equality as well. W.E.B. Du Bois stood for
A heart touching example, “In small farmhouses all over Central Europe, in the shops of Germany and Italy, on the docks of Holland and Belgium, freedom still lives in the hearts of men. It will endure like a hardy tree gone into the wintertime, awaiting the spring. And, like spring, spreading from the South into Scandinavia, the democratic revolution will come. And the men with democratic hearts will experience comradeship across artificial boundaries.” Ickes used, the appeal to Pathos to cause a connection to other nations across the globe. It was to show that all people have a steadfast hunger for freedom, all humans yearn to be free and have a capability to do whatsoever their souls aspire to attain. Mankind demands freedom, no matter the cost, but some are far too weak to conquer the enemy crying out in desperate need for a second hand to come by their side and fight a gruesome battle alongside them. A highly famous quote from the speech is also a demonstration of the appeal to Pathos. “ Why have some of us been behaving like scared chickens?” When this sentence was spoken the meaning strikes every part of emotions, causing a sense a disappointment deep within. Ickes used the choice of words to show without any doubt how other neighboring see the actions of the American people. The U.S. in Harold’s eyes was seen as chicken-hearted lacking all courage. To be called chickens made the
Many people dream about being an American. They dream because they envision America as the land of peace and prosperity. But is it? At times it has been, and at times its not. It is hard for the United States to be correct all the time because they have been unwilling designated as the “World Police”. Throughout history there have been examples politically, economically, and socially, where being an American is rewarding and times where it is embarrassing. To be an American means progress. We evolved from a world ruled by white men to a world of equal opportunity.
It is a speech that has a material presence in the modern day where leaders like John F. Kennedy among others have quoted it urging their countrymen to overcome challenges and soldier ahead despite the prevailing circumstances. A lot of inspiration has been drawn from the speeches made by Henry V.
Based on a true story, “American Made” just validates the rumors that CIA agents are or had been involved in drug trafficking, in a clear exertion of influences and abuse of power to stuff their pockets with large sums of money.
Despite their similar appearance, these two sentences have vastly different meanings and to a speaker of the American language, the difference is obvious. The first sentence is a genuine attempt at complimentary language, labeling whatever “it” is, as genuinely notable. The second, however, has a much sadder conclusion, as noted by the pause in speech, and the word good takes wears a new hat, suddenly meaning bad.
Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is a deeply felt book that addresses many important issues that people of all race, culture and class face. The novel is lyrical, Adichie expresses emotion in an imaginative and beautiful way. Not only is the novel written in a lyrical manner, but it is also written with erudition. The novel is one that offers great knowledge and learning, this is shown through the growth and development of the characters. Americanah is an important novel as it shows the reality of the world in which we live, highlighting issues such as prejudice.
Furthermore, ethos is created once Obama starts his speech by stating, “I stand here today humbled by the tasks before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors” (Obama, 2009). He begins by saying how humbled he is or feels, expressing his graciousness to the audience. His language also introduces ethos when
“Oh no, let Autumn know I’m here if she wants to talk.” The youth counselor, Misty, shook her head in dismay and quickly walked to her office. During my summer internship at the Stockbridge-Munsee Health and Wellness Clinic after my junior year, it was my first day in the Mohican Family Center, a place where community members are free to play games or speak with a counselor. I watched Autumn enter the doors, concerned about what to expect from a seemingly healthy young woman. She smiled politely and eagerly began to write in her notebook. As she began crying, I walked across the room to comfort her. Unexpectedly, she spoke happily about the cheesecake she had enjoyed earlier for dessert, then rapidly shifted about the overwhelming burden
The discipline of American Studies is focused on exploring and understanding power, American society, culture, and related attitudes and behavior. An interdisciplinary approach focusing both on the retelling of queer narratives in Latinx literature and heteronormative ideology directly links to disciplinary foundations of literary theory, social identity, and cultural conditions demonstrated both in the fields English and American Studies. One specific area of disciplinary focus has been identity emergence and its connection to dominant ideology. Attention to identity emergence in literature has increased in recent decades, especially as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identities have become more salient. Through the analysis, we strive to locate where heteronormative ideology is demonstrated through the following two texts: Gloria Anzaldúa’s, Borderlands La Frontera: A New Mestiza and Monica Palacios, ”La Llorona Loca: The Other Side.” After locating where heteronormative ideology is found through these texts, we will examine how heteronormative ideology influences the reconstruction of these queer narratives. Lastly, this paper will demonstrate how heteronormative ideology manifests itself through the body. According to our results, heteronormative ideologies influence on the reconstruction of Queer Latinx narratives manifest itself as a “bodily receipt,” which shapes, restricts, and challenges the ideas of dominant ideology, specifically