American Icons

American Icons - American Icons We are the progeny of those...

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American Icons We are the progeny of those who have come before us, the offspring of those whose image we glorify and put on a pedestal. American icons are our guiding light; their morals, self-reliance, and faith have collectively taught us to stand tall as individuals. Icons make use of their talents in the pursuit of happiness and prosperity, whilst they celebrate themselves and at once lift us up upon their grand shoulders for the entire world to see. As Americans, we have all heard the story of the American icon. It is a tale that has long been woven into the fabric of this nation, so intricate that it truly has become a part of each and every one of us. The American icon is the grand ideal that anyone who can set foot in this nation can become whoever and whatever they choose to be. We are a nation of possibilities, endless, boundless possibilities. This is where countless men and women have made their stand for truth, freedom, and the eternal pursuit of happiness. Three of the most prominent of these harbingers of truth and direction, are the American literary giants of Horatio Alger, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Walt Whitman. Each, during roughly the same period of the mid- nineteenth century, provided Americans with a sense of entitlement because of their place in the world. They truly set us free, each by providing us with a moral plan for
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success, a radical idea of self-reliance, or the celebration of one’s place in the universe, and above all else, happiness. Their messages are timeless, and so too is their crafted understanding of our exceptional culture. Horatio Alger provided the readers of his dime novels the most popular idea
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course LIT 366 taught by Professor Tetreault during the Fall '07 term at Bentley.

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