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What, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature?

Assignment: Evaluate the following forum answers that another classmate of mine has written. Use the instructions in one and two as a guide for the evaluation:

Part I: What, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature?

Part II: Select a work from your options this week and discuss its long-term significance. How does it compare to classics that have stood the test of time? Be specific. What elements of the work give it potential staying power?

Classmate’s Forum Post:

Part I: What, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature?

In my opinion, I think that change is the key. Things change so much in our culture and evolve. I do not think any one thing can defy such a fluid culture. We have something for pretty much everyone.

Part II: Select a work from your options this week and discuss its long-term significance. How does it compare to classics that have stood the test of time? Be specific. What elements of the work give it potential staying power?

I am not sure that you can compare today’s work to a classic and do either any favor. I read Past the Breakers by David Zoby. It was a short story that reflects on summers at a beach house with a not so well loved family friend and the fleeting moments that take place. I am not sure it has staying power but it was very descriptive and I could envision the summers that the author remembers. Sometimes I can read a classic and often think to myself, “why is this a classic?”. It could be the language of the time but I think this one was clear and plain. So with that said, I am not sure I can tell you why something should be classic and why something shouldn’t. However I enjoyed this short story.

Zoby, David. “Past the Breakers”. The Sun. Issue 475. (July 2015) Web. 22 July 2015.


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