Sunday, 30 October 2011

Contemporary De Crevecour Idea Wk 5

De Crevecour often describes and asks what is an American and describes America as being the new and a place of asylum from the poor of Europe and I make a direct reference to page 42 of his third letter from which he is saying who and what is a new American - "The next wish of this traveller will be, to know whence came all these people? They are a mixture of English, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. From this promiscuous breed, that race, now called Americans."
I feel that in this passage he is saying that the American race is a mixture of different heretiges, and he describes throughout this chapter that if people were to come to America then they would have a more prosperous future and make a better life for themselves.
In order to make this a contemporary example I looked at people who were famously linked to having a European heretige but since coming to America have defined De Crevecour's idea of it being the land of the new and exceptional with opportunities.
An example of this would be the Actor Cary Grant who died in 1986 but is considered to be one the most classical leading men within Hollywood and was even voted as the second greatest male star of all time by the American Film institute. He was best know for his films such as Cherade with Audrey Hepburn and North by Northwest which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant was originally born in Bristol and he by no means had a nice upbringing as his mother suffered from clinical depression afer the death of his sibling and his father had her put in to a medical facility. Up until the age of 31 he believed that his mother was dead after his father abandoned him once he had remarried when he was 10. whilst he was young he proceeded to get expelled from his grammar school and it was not until he was 16 that he joined a travelling performance show as a stilt walker and went over to the United States and toured the country for 2 years and when the troupe went back to the UK, he decided to stay and began his career on stage and took U.S. citizenship.
I feel that this is a good example of the new American as it shows someone who has come from Europe to be influentially known as an American actor after coming from a not so desired ubringing to the land of opportunity of which De Crevecour feels is America.

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