For my English class we had to write an essay about three things that symbolize America and the American culture.
I got 120 out of 120 points for mine, so I thought I'd share it with you guys. :) So here it is:
Almost everyone considers America one of the greatest countries in the world. When people from other countries think about America, they usually think about the food and fast food restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell. But America has so many other things which symbolize the country and its culture. For example, the typical American sports, like football; the Statue of Liberty; and of course, the American Flag; all these things mean a lot to American people.
Everyone probably thinks about football as the most popular sport in the United States. If one asked people from a different country about their opinion on the most typical American sport, he or she would most likely say "football".
Students and adults see this sport in movies a lot, especially in high school movies or movies for teenager. All those movies display the games as public events that the whole school attends, or where people go with their friends and just have a good time.
Another thing which symbolizes America, stands in New York, the Statue of Liberty.
The statue shows a women, holding a torch in her hand. It represents freedom and independence, and therefore, has a great meaning and value to most Americans.
But the Statue of Liberty not only means a lot to Americans, but also attracts millions of tourists. People from all over the world come to New York to see it. The stores in New York sell miniature Statues of Liberty, postcards, hats, t-shirts, and a lot more, and almost every visitor buys something as a souvenir.
After the attacks of 9/11, the government closed the statue for visitors, but reopened it a few years later.
Whoever went to New York and did not see the Statue of Liberty, missed something.
All these things and a lot more symbolize America and its culture. But the flag stands as the most important symbol of them all.
It represents the pride that most Americans have of their country, and basically everything America stands for; freedom, independence, and a lot more. When a foreigner sees an American looking at the flag, he or she can see a proudness on their face, which they probably have never seen in any other country.
When the National Anthem plays at any kind of public event, everyone always turns around to face the flag and places their hand over their heart.
The American Flag has such a great value to Americans, that the government made up rules about it. For example, the American Flag cannot hang below any other flag, and has to have at least the same, or a bigger size, than other flags which hang beside or below it.
The flag has many more rules about it, and this really shows what a great value it has to America.
Every country has its symbols. For example, the Eiffel Tower for France; the Big Ben for England; or the good Swiss chocolate for Switzerland. Some things symbolize the country's culture and some represent the country itself.
Most of these symbols mean a lot to the people, who actually live in that certain country, but some only have a meaning to foreigners. However, every symbol has a meaning and importance, and stands for something special in the country's culture.