Category Archive: American Literature

Jun 10

American Identity

American Identity is characterized by a constant search for success, as defined by society in opposition communities, rather than the individual, thus resulting in skewed perceptions and high rates of dissatisfaction.  The recent situation that I would cite as background for this would be a story on This American Life about American living in Paris. …

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Jun 10

Language and the Human Condition in Catch-22

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is a literary work which is known to be based in the satire of the structures which existed at the time of WWII and the subsequent periods of the Korean and Cold Wars.  By most, this satire is seen to fulfill the purpose of generating and memorializing anti-war sentiment by demonstrating the …

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Apr 28

Jay Cee in The Bell Jar

The point that Burdick is making here is that Esther seeks free opinions, at this time characterized as masculine, and the best example of her discovery in terms of this is Jay Cee, who both represents that aspect of society as well as the control men themselves have over women, even Jay Cee.  Burdick supports …

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Apr 18

Girl Goes Insane: Psychological Response to Gender Interactions in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Good day, readers!  It has indeed been many moons since I last addressed your directly, what with the more formal English papers and reflections on the various media that has dominated this blog for a good amount of time.  Before I really get started with the discussion I wish to pose here, I want to …

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Mar 12

‘I was stop-and-frisked by the NYPD more than 100 times’

‘I was stop-and-frisked by the NYPD more than 100 times’ The New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, as Keeshan describes in the first two minutes of The Guardian’s video ‘I was stop-and-frisked by the NYPD more than 100 times,’ entails the stopping of random individuals, often without any basis besides being black of Latino, …

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Jan 20

Fragile Success: The Struggle of Society in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

Associations held by the majority of Americans regarding Indians (that is, Native Americans) reflect the instability of the culture and the fact that much of this culture has been lost and continues to be lost.  However, these associations don’t particularly view this fragility as a hindrance to the success of these people.  After all, is …

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Jan 20

Speaking Truth to Power

The truth is that the NSA’s surveillance of the electronic activity of all Americans is inappropriate and a waste of government money.  A fact stated by Peter van Buren in his article Ten Myths About the NSA, Debunked for The Nation, is that “There have been only about twenty domestic terror-related deaths since 9/11. Your chances as an American of …

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Nov 04

Thoreau, Whitman, Individual and Society Synthesis

Article For the first time since 1996, legislation regarding the rights of LGBT people in the workplace has been brought to the United States Senate with the disputed Employee Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Despite the fact that the society (and thus the senate) that it is facing today is much more accepting than any in the …

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Oct 13

Green in The Scarlet Letter

Quote 1 “Next rose before her in memory’s picture-gallery, the intricate and narrow thoroughfares, the tall, grey houses, the huge cathedrals, and the public edifices, ancient in date and quaint in architecture, of a continental city; where new life had awaited her, still in connexion with the misshapen scholar: a new life, but feeding itself …

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