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TheMany Voices of American Literature
Since the nineteenth century, American literature has metamorphosed. This transformation has resulted in varying viewpoints, regions,voices and people. This paper seeks to examine the implications ofthe diversity in American literature.
The varying and sometimes contradictory nature of American literaturegained credence based on different reasons. First, the many voices ofliterature provided an opportunity for Americans to understand thediverse ethnicities and rich histories that formed the union. Aspostulated by Portelli (2) American civilization has developed due tothe contributions of millions of immigrants bringing with themdifferent cultures These contributions have led to the formation ofthe nation’s pluralistic heritage, a situation that has madediversity one of the strengths of the country.
Secondly,the American voice writers have shown that literature can capture therealities of place, time, and people. Furthermore, the authors haveensured that literature remains to be a powerful tool that can beused to unite the country and advance the pluralistic heritage.Thirdly, these voices have demonstrated that vast literature existsin our communities based on languages and dialects that can beunderstood by the people (Portelli 2).
Ialso think that this diversity still exists in literature and otheravenues of life. The many voices of America through literature havedemonstrated that as a country, the national heritage is a result ofthe outcome of different people and cultures that migrated to theUnited States and continue to emigrate to date. The power ofliterature is in its ability to tell truths, go beyond thestereotype, and debunk myths so as to encourage people to appreciatediversity (Cunningham 1).
Thediversity of experiences and literary expressions of the voicespresented at the time reflected the diverse issues that affected boththe local communities and immigrants. The diversity in America,especially in literary appreciation, is robust. However, it is notas resilient as before due to different reasons, the greatest beingsocial pressure and partly because of transformation arising from theinternet technology (Cunningham 1).
Inconclusion, it can be stated that the nature of the Americanliterature has increased its strength, resulting in significantchanges in society today.
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