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Modern American Literature is preoccupied by what separates us as human beings rather than what binds us together Discuss with reference to at least one novelcollection of short stories we have read this term The United States of America cannot be seen as an entity within itself but rather as one seething mass of different groups each with its own identity each that has a distinguishing feature that separates it from all other groups the country of their fore-fathers origin in the instance of the novel being looked at Another Country by James Baldwin that would be African- American The book is set in New York a city often described as the Melting Pot this is because it is seen to attract all types of immigrants from all over the world and seems to throw them all together until they have melted and become one identity this of course is not always the case As it has been seen groups still attach their country of forefathers origin when describing themselves this identity crisis has led the way for more theories on the Melting Pot subject and as a result two more models have been made to describe this phenomenon These two theoretical models of immigration are known as the Tossed Salad and the Cold Melting Pot the former means that all of the immigrant groups have not actually mixed in with the other groups they are still wholly identifiable and still live in their community groups the latter means that the melting pot has actually cooled and although the cultures have been mixed they have still retained their identity and can be identified from this amalgamation of groups This Cold Melting Pot is exactly how Another Country could be described Inside the novel a group of characters each from their own group have been thrown together be it Rufus the African-American Vivaldo the Irish-Italian or Leona the Southerner They are friends lovers yet
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