To me being an american means very little, Most would probably say they identify with the general traits associated with americans such as freedom and prosperity, however I believe that being an american is more or less just another label that means nothing as we could have been born in any country and would have most likely turned out very similar.
American culture has been many things throughout history, Certain American texts convey things about american culture such as: “my papa’s waltz” by Theodore Roethke, conveys that Americans in the 60’s are abusive and smell like whiskey or people could think that 1800’s americans were simple based on the story “little miss muffet” (unknown author) as it was intended for a young audience. However I believe that the most accurate description of American culture is that it is just like any culture and has had ups and downs but is making an attempt to do better.
In Sherman Alexis “Superman and me” American values are expressed by the author as having an importance placed on Education and socio economic status. I would agree with this, As an American it seems that people’s opinions change when they find a difference in a person’s education or socio economic status as stated in “Superman and me”.
In summary I would like to say that American creed does not mean much in the general scheme of things however it conveys an importance on certain values and has rough patches and smooth patches.
Sherman, Alexie “Superman and me”.
Roethke, Peter “My papa’s waltz”.
(Unknown author), “Little miss muffet”.