Thursday, January 21, 2010
I thought it was unique that the readings showed how the axe was such a huge discovery in America. So many others possibilities and the axe gave the notion of a man making his own living and working for himself. How a man could go out in nature and make a future that he might not see till many years later, but the option was there. Unlike other countries this was not possible, but in America a man and his family could make a start for themselves and the axe was a representative. When looking at the axe I thought before reading it had never been really improved. American curved the handle, made the blade bigger, and basically created an axe that was much better than the European form. I also thought how political men of the past used an axe and the log cabin as a selling point. With American thought a man who had lived and made it for himself was a much better candidate. I think it was due to the notion that America was an agriculture society. Past leaders had all been agriculture men. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and many other all came from the same cloth. I really think this is why the axe and cabin seemed to relate to individuals at the time. Anyone could make their won destiny just like historical men of the past did. America was made on the notion that anyone could have freedom and the pursuit of happiness. So the axe was the metaphorical item that shoed America as the country that you could make it.