In the early works of the course, we see Nature presented in multiple ways. For instance, the elements, animals, and nature are portrayed mythically by the Iroquois as they outline their core principles of man living harmoniously and fruitfully in nature; “nature” has a very different meaning to Jonathan Edwards—a Puritan discussing philosophical and religious living— in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”; later, American writers present nature in unique ways when discussing their spiritual beliefs and how to go about living in the world.
In this assignment, you will compare and contrast the concept of “nature” from the earliest writings (The Native American creation narratives & the work of Jonathan Edwards) to the later American idea of nature found in the works of writers such as Emerson, Poe, and Whitman.
This assignment should reflect your understanding of the works you’ve chosen to discuss, and explain—based on research—how the earlier work influences the later pieces, and analyze how the literature reflected the culture of the time.
Historical context is discussed in the textbook and can be used as supporting material in your paper.
The Final Paper must include a thesis—this is a statement which you will be supporting throughout your paper. You will make claims and provide evidence to show those claims are true. Support your claims by citing research, quotes, or ideas from other authors. When citing an author, it’s best to explain how the quote supports your original idea; present the quote and then show how that quote advances your claims. This paper should focus on the ideas, beliefs, values, images, and writing of the literature at hand in the context of the selected works.
Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least five scholarly sources
Must use Cain, W. E., McDermott, A., Newman, L., & Wyss, H.E. (Eds.). (2014). American Literature, Volume 1 (2nd ed.)New York, NY: Pearson. as one of the references