To me the word American doesn’t mean just one thing, it means someone from the US, Mexico Canada, central America, and south America. Some people will call undocumented immigrants not american but this is completely false because Mexico is part of the americas. In the articles we read there was no evidence to support my claim because it is a view that not many people in this country share.
I believe to be American should mean to be undefinable because American encompasses so many different kinds of people from all over the world.“Being American is red, white and blue and being free. It doesn’t matter what language you speak; if you’re born in America, you’re still American. No matter what you look like, no matter what.” (Sebastian de la cruz from San Antonio). It is my belief that as people get older they look at the world in different ways and most often things that were once simple have become more complex. If only we all could look at the world through the eyes that we had when we were S
American Literature is literature that captures the essence of what it is so American and or literature that shows what America truly is. For example The Great Gatsby is American literature because it is set in the heart of the 20’s which was a very prominent time in the history of the U.S. Another example is Of Mice and Men which was set in a time period that was the polar opposite of the 20s, the great depression which was another example of a time in the history of the U.S. that really made our country what it is today. Therefore, “American Literature” emphasizes Defining moments in American history. As a result, it is clear, that “American Literature” is a reflection of American life.
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