american lit

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When did American Literature begin?
     -with the Native Americans
Three dominant characteristics/themes of Native American Literature?
     1. Relationship with the land
     2. Belief in the Great Manito
     3. Use of natural images
How did Columbus describe the New World?
     -astonishing, colorful, marvelous speed of the canoes, a paradise
     -Bay Psalm Book: first book published in America
     -manito: spiritual forces
     -Walum Olum: painted record
     -allusion: reference to something
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How are they particularly American?
     -natural wilderness (setting) revolution (great human experience)
Study the aphorisms from Poor Richard's Almanack. What does each mean?
How does Henry use allusions in his speech? What effect does it have?
     -Biblical(meaningful), flattering for them to be compared to the Isralites.
Define and identify the value of each:
     Repetition: saying some things over and over; memorable, force
     Rhetorical question: assumes audience knows answer; confidence , show sarcasm, connect with audience
     Improvisation: speech with no previous thought; forceful
Explain the connection between the location and the roles each tribe and the image of a long house.

Connection between the Social Contract Theory and the Declaration of
     -Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence based on the idea of the
Social Contract theory
Where was Bartram from? Where does the example from ‘Travels' take place?
     -from Philadelphia; it comes from eastern Florida
What value does a reading like ‘Travels' have for us today? Historical, scientific, entertainment?

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