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Understanding of American Culture in The Walking Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Daisy Miler: A Study
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Throughout history Americans have always rebelled against society and culture of other countries While some Americans persisted to clinch onto the ways of their foreign homelands most Americans always tried to create new rules in society Since America is a melting pot of foreigners its people have struggled to find an acceptable place in the worlds views Early American writers have often shown these struggles from their own perspectives The fact that American culture was new greatly influenced American education appearance and attitudes Of the many works that demonstrate early American culture The Walking Women written by Mary Austin stands out With the creation of the US new laws and customs were bound to happen The Walking Women challenges and pushes old beliefs to the limit Some people considered it to be a sin for women to have short hair The narrator purposely states At the time I knew her though she wore short hair and a mans boots and had a fine down over all her face from exposure to the weather she was perfectly sweet and sane This proves that although she was sweet her hair and boots were not the proper appearance for a woman To be socially acceptable in those days one had to be perfect in all areas of culture Although one might think Jims part in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is difficult to read Mark Twain wrote his part for a reason His speech was normal for a southern slave Since the slaves were not fortunate enough to have an education their grammar suffered severely At one point during the story Jim was completely appalled at the fact that foreigners speak a different language His cultural ignorance shines as he amusingly states Well den Dad blame it why doan he talk like a man Twain 38e 77 To the average southern white American a black man should have bad grammar because he was not
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