What Does It Mean to Be an American

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What does it mean to be an American? America is looked and seen at in many different viewpoints all across the world. This week in class we got to look at a few different view points on America that was written through a song. One song that we looked close at was “American Saturday Night” by Brad Paisley. In the song, Brad Paisley uses many different rhetorical strategies to get his point across. The song that he wrote to cover his point about America is showed that America is often viewed as one big country, when really it is just made up of multiple different cultures. There are many different cultures and beliefs in America. In the first Stanza of his song “Its a french kiss, italian ice, spanish moss in the moonlight, just another American Saturday night.”(Paisley 9-11) Brad put this particular line in his song because he wanted to demonstrate that just because people live in America does not mean everyone is united under one religion or even united under one culture. He is also demonstrating that it is okay to do what you want, you do not always have to follow what other people are doing. There is not a right or wrong way of doing something, when it comes to “American Saturday Nights.” Another rhetorical strategy that Brad Paisley uses to prove his point is in Stanza 1. “Yeah she's join around the world tonight but she ain’t leaving here”(Paisley4-5) These could lines demonstrates that America is so big in diversity, that it has so many different cultures and religions. You do not have to leave this country in order to go see different cultures, when you can see them in Americas “own backyard.” There are so many different types of songs, poems, etc. out there that tell us about peoples’ views about America. This is just one out of many great examples of how people view us as Americans. As you can see there is no right or wrong way to
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