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Notes December 6 th An American Narrative War has always been part of the American experience. From the time the first colonists set foot upon North America’s shores they were in conflict with the Native American inhabitants…Born and nurtured in war, America grew in military strength until, at the beginning of the 21 st century, it was the foremost military power in the world Allegory The concrete presentation of an abstract idea, typically in a narrative, with at least two levels of meaning. Chapter 23: Israel in Egypt 1) Exile. Jews were exiled out of Egypt. They were enslaved in Egypt Melville’s Narrative 1) History? What gets remembered by history (the preface) (151)
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Unformatted text preview: a. 151. Israel tries to fit in but comes nobody. a.i. Allagory…small figures of history do not fit in anywhere and we do not know what to do with them 2) Tradition? What does tradition keep alive? a. Chapter 26. 190 Israel almost got run over by a patriotic car…ironic because he fought for the war b. 191…Potter’s home was gone and ruined and hard to make…juxtaposed to the fourth of july celebration…Potter dies and does not get his pension 3) American Character? What does his portrayal of John Paul Jones have to say about American Character? a. “We have not yet begun to fight” vs page 69...
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