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Through the piece In Gods Country Bono criticizes the reality of the ignorant egocentricity of American nature while conversely praising the potential of America to grow by way of contrast irony and allusions The author commences with a description of the dismal desert in which the rivers look as though they will soon run dry He underscores the desire to escape reality by describing the addictiveness of slumber with this portrayal he also conveys the message that Americans are ignorantly blissful by choice However he suggests the American attitude is commendable in that they dream of a better yet unattainable future These descriptions directly emphasize the absence of an achievable dream and the necessity for a new one- the American dream Bono continues on and in keeping with his deserted theme speaks hopefully of this new dream in which he sees a desert rose in this case alluding to the Statue of Liberty Bono again utilizes the strength of ambiguity as he describes the ultimate icon of the American dream as vain hinting that perhaps Americans speak only of the freedom hope and faith their country provides in order to appear devout regardless of their true intentions he depicts the statue in an entirely contrasting light Bono once more uses an allusion- this time a Biblical allusion- to Cain He makes the ultimate statement regarding American nature with this allusion by implying the tendency of the God-chosen people is to hurt their brothers and sisters- their fellow man he criticizes the crooked crosses of Americans Contrariwise Bono accentuates a sense of optimism regarding the American people by recounting the desire of many to be setalight through enlightenment- or the gaining of knowledge of the American reality thus giving them the opportunity to mold for themselves a far greater future than previously ever imaginable
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