4 May 2009
From Single to Multiple
“What is America?”
That was the first question that we discussed in English 112.
When I first
heard this question, I thought it would be easy answer.
Everyone came up with freedom, ability to rise to
the top, and so much more.
And since “everyone” seemed to agree on the same concepts in the
classroom, no one disagreed.
I thought reexamining our ideas of America, like in the syllabus, would be
a waste of time.
As we went on, I would have never thought of America being single minded.
that, but America does not really consider the views of other people in America, because we as
Americans think we are the greatest.
Although it may seem that way, by the end of the semester, I began
to realize that we need other opinions.
After reading the texts for the course, I have learned to respect the
multiple views of America, because it is the only way we can learn about ourselves.
If we were not such
a single minded society, this country would really be the greatest country in the world in the eyes of
As the semester went on, my writing improved as I learned more about America.
After receiving my first essay back, I did not want to relate to America.
I thought I had this idea
about America down, and that there was no way that I could get a C on the paper.
I quote from
Cummings, “I am telling you all now, I am not an easy grader when it comes to essays”.
Well, he was
right about that, and it was frustrating.
The one thing he mentioned throughout the course was developing
The problem for me was that essays were still difficult to develop because it is tough to see
beyond a great idea.
You can have a great idea, but still receive punishment because it is not developed.
All right, I’ll admit, I was being a bit of baby during this first sequence.
That when I realized that a great