The Innovators of American Literature
From their critical assessments on how to improve themselves and to the American public that they influenced by their writings, Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin illustrate American themes in their personal narratives that quintessentially make part of American Literature. Although they lived in different times during the early development of the United States of America and wrote for different purposes, they share common themes. Their influence by their environment, individualism,
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self-improvement, publication of their personal narratives, and their acknowledgement of a need to bind society together, they represent American Literature.
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