• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Show how certain selected short stories tell us about aspects of American culture.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Show how certain selected short stories tell us about aspects of American culture. America was formed due to people who traveled along vast stretches of land east to west. These people are known as pioneers. There life's basically revolved around horses and cattle. The horses played a vital role in American culture as they were used to do most of the important jobs such as pulling carts and carrying people. If horses did not exist then people would not have been able to travel long distances and explore new land, also their belongings would not have been able to be carried. Cattle were important to the pioneers as they were used as a source of food and could be traded for different items. As we read some short stories we realized the importance of them. In the short story 'Jeremy Ruddock' an owner lost his horses and went to extraordinary lengths to try and get them back. We also watched a film called 'Wagon Master' and I saw that the horses pulled huge carts with luggage in. ...read more.

Middle

Since then it has changed slightly as many more slang words are being used. The appearance and personality of an American person was much different to what it is now. There physical status was different; this is because there weren't any machines around at the time to do the work for them. I feel this type of lifestyle I think affected the status of women quiet a lot as I found out when I read the stories, especially in 'My Father', the women seemed to be a lot more independent and seemed to have more control over the men. Whereas nowadays women follow after men and don't have to do, as many physical jobs like they used to. The women in my father Elen was born after the world of pioneers and her parents weren't pioneers they grew Elen up in a normal modern state, this reflected in the story, as she didn't have any respect for the old pioneer in the story. She sets up a group who think that they should forget about the American West's history. ...read more.

Conclusion

When we watched a typical American western film I realized how tough it was for a pioneer to succeed in their life. They weren't able to walk down to a shop and buy food; no they had to grow it themselves. There were vast stretches of flat, bare and sandy pieces of land with little vegetation. This made it difficult to find a good enough area near water to settle and have a fairly good lifestyle. Houses were made out of natural materials such as wood. But as time has passed and technology has improved things have changed buildings are now made from other materials, as it is cheaper, also the range of clothes has changed as more materials have been recognized for making clothes. We read some short stories and tried to find out if any of them gave us any more information on American culture. The word culture is a certain way of life of a society; it embraces many different aspects of life such as language, music and history. The first story we read was called 'A couple of ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. American Culture Today.

    Cowboys and rodeos are often associated with the West. Cowboys are well-known American heroes and the foundation of many songs, fashion styles, and other folklore. Dust clouds and tumble weeds give the calm, peaceful, no-worries scene of America. The South is known for sweet-tea, slow talking southern drawls, and southern hospitality.

  2. American History.

    *Varieties of Republicanism* - Although most Americans after the war felt that their country should be a republic, and that its citizens should be virtuous to maintain the republic's stability, there were three different interpretations of the concept of republicanism...

  1. A Rwandan Story

    Over two million soldiers and civilians had been massacred and their houses looted of the few possessions that they owned. The rebellion was rampaging through the towns and cities and had forced the Prime Minister into exile. Although our nation was probably the worst off on the planet, no other nation offered any support for us.

  2. MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY

    the history books as the president who started a war, and that he is willing to kill innocent people in order to do it. As a counter-measure he told the world that they were harbouring chemical and biological weapons, that they would use them against us.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work