The Roots of the Feeling of Moral Superiority in the U.S.

4 April 2015
This paper answers the question: “Why would they hate us?” through literature.

This paper states that American has great pride and belief in its destiny and in the rightness of its Constitution. But, it also has assumptions of superiority, imperialism, and hypocrisy. The author reviews the writings of Thomas Paine, Crevecoeur, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville.
“In literature as well, we see these American attitudes come out. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is marked as an adulteress, but the Reverend is just as guilty as she is. However, he pretends to be holier than thou (moral superiority), until the truth comes out.”
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