American Individualism in The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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What is individualism? Individualism is to be self-reliant, and a better principle of being independent. The typical American, most of the time, consider themselves as a independent “individual”. Arguably, most Americans are in the middle of individualism, and collectivism.
In today’s society our generation is in the middle of individualism and collectivism. Which is a paradox, because how can we be one thing but then turn around and be another? The idea of individualism is that you as an individual are more important than society, and you work to get where you want to get in life. Being individual is a very positive thing, because it boosts your self-esteem and it makes you feel proud to do something for yourself and earn for what
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This is proof that we as a society depend on each other as well as being an individual.
A lot of us (Americans) have grown up learning to do things for your self, rather than for society. It has become a natural instinct over the years. Individuals need to give back and help each other out because thats what makes the world go around. Lots of individuals help each other every day, it just has become a lower number on how many are doing it. Just imagine if we all thought about our selfs, the world would not be as efficient. Everyone would be mean and disrespectful towards each other. For example, in “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he invites the old friends over. He claims he has the water from the “fountain of youth”. He has them drink it and even though they have not physically changed, they still act as if they were young. Before they drank the “magical youth water” the doctor told them not to make the same mistakes they did when they were younger. After they drink the water, they begin to act like they did when they were young and make the same mistakes. This proves that people only think about them selves and continue to make the same mistakes (if given the chance).
In my opinion, I think “Paradoxes of American Individualism” is a great article, because the author gives you tons of information on individualism. At the same time he explains how individualism effects the lives of people, the pros

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