In american literature however this dream has come

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Unformatted text preview: y identified with material possessions. In American literature, however, this dream has come under close scrutiny, as writers burrow beneath the surface of accepted conventions to reveal uncomfortable truths. Again and again, writers have probed the American Dream and shown it to be little more than an illusion—hollow, deceptive, even destructive. This is evident in works such as the plays of Arthur Miller (The Crucible and Death of a Salesman ) and in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Land and the Frontier America was the New World, the New Eden for the early settlers. Open, fruitful, and lush, America offered the promise of paradise and the possibility of renewal. America was, and for many still is, the new frontier, untamed and unexplored, that we venture into to discover not just what is on the other side of that valley or just over that hill, but to discover who we are and what we can be. Even today, , when there is seemingly no new land left to be explored, this aspect of the American character still reveals itself in our desire to take to the road. In America we move, we leave home to go to college, take a job in New York, and trek across country in a VW Bus. The road, it seems, is in our blood. In American literature, the theme of the land and the frontier has taken several shapes. For some writers, the land is a place of hope and renewal, as with the Transcendentalists . For others, the American frontier is...
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