Founding Brothers (The Dinner) Essay

566 WordsFeb 6, 20113 Pages
“The Dinner” Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation is a novel that helped its author, Joseph J. Ellis, win the Pulitzer Prize. It focuses on the challenges of the new nation and the founders of the United States of America. Although parts of the reading were quite difficult for me to follow (mainly because of the long sentences the writer uses), it thoroughly explains the events chronologically and descriptively. In one of the stories in the novel, “The Dinner”, Ellis depicts two large issues that the entire Congress was so worked up about, the location of the capital and Hamilton’s “assumption.” To begin with, I believe that even without looking at the label “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize” on the front cover, one can assume that this book may be worth reading after scanning through the first or opening statements of the stories. There are a few indicators that may make it worth reading. First of all, its plotting is arranged according to time. Plotting the novel chronologically is important, especially since our course of study(history) is mostly based on timing. A great example of how to show the effectiveness of time order is on page 78, “For the next seventy years, until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861…” It’s both crucial and interesting, because if we get lost somewhere in these long sentences that the writer uses throughout the entire novel, we can catch up or understand it better, later in the reading. Also, in most of these long sentences, the author writes descriptively to enhance our sense of history, to make it seem like we are actually there, watching the stories in front of us, in the present. Within the novel, he also gives us a mental picture of how each of the characters felt toward each other and toward the nation, which I thought was pretty nice. In particular, Ellis describes the important topics discussed at the dinner table

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