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Themes of American Literate

The American literature at the 1865to the early 1972 was a period dominated with social political and economic challenges. The American power was made a political giant through massive disagreement abroad. Economically, the country had enough natural resources which coupled with inspiring talent and invention saw the thriving of the industries which were the heart beat of the new America. The nineteenth century was more significantly an epoch whereby American literature took a forefront in making an in-depth analysis of the outstanding issues in the society. It is contended that the age of literature at that time was held in high regard and readers of such literature considered it the sole source of knowledge. Writers were accorded respect and their opinion was trusted as very influential. In that age, writers were the mirrors of the society. Writers were the sole interpreters of literary works such as poems, stories and plays (Yannella & Philip, p.4). In the dawn of a growing state, and under the scrutiny of the writers different themes were explored. The legitimate eyes of the writers were gaining focus on the new fears such as the widening of the gap between the poor and the rich. Provoked by the unequal distribution of resources leading to big cities and equally big slums, the writers treated the themes of poverty and social injustice with elaborate literary skills. The labor movements by industrial workers were gaining momentum while at the same time; America was making imperialist gestures by engaging in the 1989 Spanish-American War to conquer Puerto Rico. It is to be remembered that during that duration, activism by the blacks and the Indies to have their share was evident (Pattee & Fred p.44).The themes of American literature The following literature by some of the celebrated writers of the nineteenth century seeks to explain some of the prevailing themes at that time. Andrew Carnergie was one of the said writers who rose from massive poverty to great riches. He was also a much respected philanthropist who had the conviction that acquiring wealth was not the main issue but learning how to spend the wealth was the most vital point. In his essay entitled “From Wealth”, he categorically affirms that the change evidenced in the nineteenth century was to be greeted with applause. He maintained that wealth was for the benefit of everyone in the society. The existence of the rich and the poor are according to him results of civilization. In addition, he maintained that the results could not be altered and their inevitability was beyond criticism. The compelling truth was to accept the conditions. In his staunch support of the wealth theme he states that the rich should be allowed to make more wealth but the gap between the rich and the poor could only be bridged by the rich person holding the surplus riches as a trustee to the poor. Other laws of accumulating wealth could not be stopped but the poor had an opportunity in the above mentioned situation (Yannella & Philip, p.43). Stephen Crane who majorly portrayed his themes through poems was one of the American renowned writers. In his poem entitled “The Trees in the Garden Rained Flowers” he labors to break down the themes of Social and economic survival in America. He is persuaded by the Darwinian survival for the fittest theory. He uses a dialogue in depth question in the afore mentioned poem. His ideology is that the poverty by some Americans was not related with the poor condition of many. The laws of nature are according to him should be allowed to operate (Woodworth&Steven, p.56). Thirdly, William Vaughan Moody has in his poem “Gloucester Moors” tried to shift his creativity from the social and economic events of the nineteenth and focused on the coming days. He takes an anticipatory walk though the American future. His theme was further brought out by the poem he named “On a Soldier Fallen in the Philippines”. He focused on the exploring the imperialist aggressiveness of America to sent troops to the Spanish war whereby Philipiness.He uses great twist of events in the poem by showing that the war has been won but the celebration of the victory doesn’t date place (Woodworth&Steven, p.89). In addition, the theme of racial discrimination has been fully covered by Zitkala-sa and W.E.B Dubois.Zitkalasa in his works “Retrospection” labors to show how the red Indians are mistreated giving an example of how the white teachers tortured their Indian students. He makes the point clear by showing how the Indian schools were staffed with white teachers. The case was not different in hospitals whereby many of the Indies lost their lives due to poor handling. On the other hand Dubois has portrayed the racist discriminative nature of the American society at the material time. He adequately shows how the form of education given to the blacks at the material time was not helping them acquire the political power. In his book “The Souls of Black Folk”, he distinctly explores the form of education by criticizing the fact that the blacks whereby the nature education was empowering them to work in industries but not to liberally emancipate themselves from the white oppression. He advocated for self respect and dignity. To him civil rights of the black people we re very essential to the black people (Woodworth&Steven, p.58).The theme of poverty is explored by Sarah Orne Jewett.Having grown up in a very poor family and in the presence of a sick father who resulted to fishing to earn her living. She portrays the said theme by disclosing the treatment of the natives by the tourists who looked down upon them. In her novel the “White Heron” she makes the theme very clear. The same theme was depicted by Jack London in his novel “To build a Fire” (Gray & Richard p.22).ConclusionThe American literature has shaped the history of America. The chronology of events from the nineteenth century civil war have been well captured by the literature of the afore mention prominent writers. The black civil rights would have remained a dream if writers like Dubois never inspired the black people through the writing. It can be said that literature writers are the mirror of the society.

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