Individualism: The Search For Personal Freedom

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In American literature, people's greatest struggle has been to find and discover one's own self through the concept of Individualism. This is a philosophy that places high value on the freedom of autonomous individuals. Self-reliance is also a key. By analyzing four literary works; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Billy Budd, by Herman Melville, and The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand, several different portrayals of Individualism are introduced. …

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…is clearly evident that society cannot be counted on, because throughout American history, it has become corrupted, and its values adulterated. In order for America to survive, and peace to exist, this country needs individuals who can act and think for themselves, and not be afraid to voice their opinions. Individualism will always remain and never cease to exist until society as a whole is made up of individuals who think for themselves. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**