Why Are Americans Afraid Of Dragons?

891 WordsSep 5, 20164 Pages
Fairy tale characters, along with other fictional beings, have entertained and inspired many children for centuries. Various little girls, all over the world have dreamed of one day finding their Prince Charming and meeting their godmother, while little boys were on the look out for dragons and dragon slayers. At some point however, the magic in many of the little children eyes slowly drifted away, and their belief in this fictional reality wavered. Americans in the 21st century seem to have lost their connection with imagination. In “Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?,” Ursula LeGuin claims that Americans fail to read fictional novels because they have lost faith in an alternate reality, and find books useless, due to the lack of personal gain. Yet, LeGuin overlooks the many maturely developed Americans who have never touched any fictional print, and exaggerates their self-indulging nature. In the essay “Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons,” LeGuin attempts to explain why todays society rejects fiction, as well as determine the effects of imagination on children. It begins with the author recalling a conversation she had with her friend, which eventually concludes with the idea that Americans object any sort of fantasy, probably because he/she fears the unreal. LeGuin further extends her belief and claims that Americans are not only bothered by fantasy, but by anything that is fiction. While arguing that believing in the concept of imagination is seen as a weakness or

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