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Independence is a characteristically American feature of the 19th century The United States sought independence politically economically and culturally It took its independence in 1776 in declaring That these United Colonies areFree and Independent States It made the thirteenth states of America independent from each other as well as from Britain Furthermore the United States can supply to its own economic needs industrial and agricultural Finally it acquired its own culture throughout the 19th century In the field of literature American writers came to differentiate themselves from the English They created their own type of writing the romance Before going any further let us make a distinction between freedom and independence One can be free while being subject to the laws and conventions of society or one can be free and independent Freedom is the state of exemption from the power or control of another exemption from slavery and servitude one is free to do nearly what one wants nearly because this freedom is usually limited in a democratic state Independence is the state of not being subject to the control of others not subject to influence Independence is being free unconstrained not subordinate not obsequious How is this independence expressed in the 19th century American fiction It is expressed through characters such as Hester in the Scarlet Letter Edna in the Awakening Huckleberry in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn who embody this independence Although the Scarlet Letter is set in the 17th century Hester is clearly a woman from the 19th century and that is why she can be included in this analysis In which ways do these three characters embody this feeling American people are independent in the way they think act and behave and Hester Edna and Huck reflect this feeling of independence in their way of life and in their points of view Edna and Huck took their independence Edna takes the definitive decision of moving
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