What Is The Embodiment Of American Individualism

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Chapter Ⅰ. Introduction
A. Relevant background The broadcast of the TV series Modern Family has got great praise. As a TV series can be watched by the whole family together, it entertains people, meanwhile, it also causes the discuss of the embodiment of American individualism in it. What is American Individualism? What is the embodiment of individualism in American daily life? Individualism is a political and social philosophy that emphasizes the worth of the individual. It attaches great importance to individual freedom, with broad emphasis on self-domination and self-control. As a philosophy, individualism conveys the general attitude towards certain political, economic, social and religious acts. As the well-known essence of American culture, the dominant value of American society,
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Individualism holds that a civilized society, or any form of association, cooperation or peaceful coexistence among men, can be achieved only on the basis of the recognition of individual rights. (Rand,129) Therefore, this paper will conclude certain features of individualism from the words and behaviors of the roles in the TV series. American individualism contains several aspects, and it affects almost every aspect of American life, such as personal privacy, self-reliance, self-expression, independent thinking, independent determination, personal freedom, mutual respect, independent determination. This paper focuses on these three aspects: mutual respect, independent determination and self-reliance. TV series to a certain extent can reflect the real life of human, American individualistic values in this TV series are embodied in the people's thoughts, words, behaviors, the way of living, and the

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