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American Theme-Individualism Literary works reflect the main ideas of the American mind An American theme that is seen in various works of literature is individuality Individuality is expressed in three different literary works from Frost Chopin and Paine These works of literature aid us in developing an open mind about what the American people should expect in society Following others doesnt guide us in any way because it does not allow for us to express our innermost feelings Throughout these three works individualism is expressed in various ways Although all three works do illustrate the idea of individualism Paine seems to approach it in a different way Robert Frosts poem The Road Not Taken is an insightful idealistic attempt in illustrating the paradox of free will In the first line Frost uses the metaphor Two roads diverged 1 to establish not only the hard decision the traveler must make in the poem but life itself The decisions we make in life like the traveler in this poem are not to be taken carelessly Many have a desire to be adventurous yet we fear possibilities of failing if we are different from others In this poem the road that he decides to take is wanted wear This road is not a well-traveled path and no one has taken it before The central idea of Frosts poem is individualism Frost shows that being his own person makes life so much easier Frost shows us that we should all express our feelings and be our own person even if no one else will follow He took the path that no one else did and that has made all the difference Similarly in Kate Chopins short story The Story of an Hour the central theme of individuality is also expressed When Mrs Mallard received the news of her husband s death she was in a deep state of grief After she realized that she would now have freedom she
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