Evolution of American Literature

Subject or discipline: English 101
Title: Evolution of American Literature
Number of sources: 8
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 4
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1100
Paper details:
American Lit

It might be argued that the history of American literature is a story of slowly changing and evolving philosophies, one philosophy growing out of or rebelling against the dominant beliefs of that which preceded it. Probably the most important philosophical or theological systems in recent U.S. history are TRANSCENDENTALISM, REALISM/NATURALISM, and EXISTENTIALISM. All of these belief systems were reflected in the writings of the most important authors of their day. In a well-written essay trace the evolution of American thought from the Pilgrims to the 21st century by dealing specifically with writers whose works were influenced by the above-mentioned philosophies and demonstrate how each led to the next.

All essays should be typed, double-spaced, and neatly organized following the Jane Schaffer format in the body paragraphs and include a List of Works Cited on its own page in the MLA Format. Check your pdf before you submit – it must be in the proper form and alignment.

For Transcendentalism use quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, or Walt Whitman.
For Realism and Naturalism use quotes from “The Ledge” by Lawrence Sargent Hall, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, or Mark Twain.
For Existentialism use quotes from “Old Man And The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, “Catcher In the Rye” by J. D. Salinger, Or the movie “Cool Hand Luke”.

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