American Revolution Myth Assignment

Story Truth by Jake Parker-Howe

The war against Britain was over. George Washington was a hero whose role had ended. As he buttoned his blue and gold general’s jacket for the last time, he remembered the hell that he and his troops had been through. At times even he had questioned the worth of his cause, though he was careful never to falter in his revolve in front of his fellow countrymen. But at last, their seemingly impossible victory had become a reality. As Washington stepped out of his door and began walking down the cobbled street to the courthouse he had liberated from British tyranny, a crowd began to assemble behind him, cheering and shouting his name. As he stepped into the courthouse, Washington was greeted with a round of applause. As the faces of his friends and Founding Fathers proudly watched, George Washington stepped forward and handed in his resignation from General of the Continental Army.

Happening Truth by Chris Progler

Under George Washington's leadership, the American Revolution was won and the Treaty of Paris signed on September 3, 1783. On December 23 of the same year, after the last British soldiers had finally left America, George Washington formally resigned his position as commander in chief of the Continental Army. Making no demands for himself, he gave a speech to Congress and to his soldiers explaining his intent to resign his position and return to his home in Virginia now that his duty was done. While there were those in the country who believed that Washington should take over as king of America, and while the powers given to him by Congress would easily allow him to do this, Washington refused to do so. This marked a major early occurrence of America holding to its newly formed principles of a republic.
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Critique of the Painting by Katherine Mei

The Resignation of General Washington, at Annapolis, Maryland, 3 December 1783 by John Trumbull is an oil on canvas that resides in the Yale University Art Gallery. Throughout the painting, there are many well-known figures such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, as well as the General's wife, Martha Washington.

The exigence in this painting is to portray this painting as a companion to the Declaration of Independence. Trumbull considered George Washington's resignation as "one of the highest moral lessons ever given to the world." Trumbull had been an aide-de-camp to General Washington during the Revolutionary war, so he has a close relationship with him. The purpose of this painting is to depict General Washington as a heroic figure, a person whom the author looked up to. The audience in the painting seems to be the figures sitting down with serious and attentive faces. This overall painting appeals to the public, the people living in the colonies.

The author depicts this painting as a solemn event because of his color choice as well as setting in the Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. There are few colors, which could either represent the seriousness of this meeting, or simply just the author's yearn for dark and few colors. There is a distinct line of light and darkness separating the top and bottom of the painting. The most important figure in the painting is, of course, George Washington; therefore, he wears bright colors such as hues of yellow. Also, in contrast, there are some figures with red and bright colored clothing as well to represent class. This represents a patterns throughout the painting: people with class and wealth, which is shown through the people's clothing. The women are up in a balcony, which could have been added to balance out with the columns on the other side of the pairing. One particular person sitting down has his so-called "thinking face" on with his hands on his chin and with him crossing his legs.

Identity of the Author by Anjani Moola

John Trumbull was born an American artist born during the American Revolution and was most notably known for his historical paintings. He was born in the colony of Connecticut, both of his parents were descendent of puritans. Some of his most notable works is the Declaration of Independence and the descent of Montgomery in the attack of Quebec. He went to Harvard and became the president of the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York.

War Story

As George Washington stood waiting for Congress to accept his resignation from General, he struggled to maintain his composure and sanity as he recalled the fate of his deceased friend in the British army. George had encountered his friend during the heat of battle, and driven by a patriotic berserker rage, had shot him in the left knee, ran up to his friend, and drove his bayonet into the man's torso 29 times. As his friend bled out onto the cold mud, George Washington, American Hero, picked him up, threw him into the Delaware River, and pinned him to the riverbed by an American Flag. "Looks like you should have been more Del-aware of your surroundings," he said. Realizing what he had done, George Washington cried, even as the battle raged on around him. Now, standing before Congress, Washington explained how proud he was of the things he and his troops had achieved in the war. Yet there were things he would always regret.

But none of that is true.

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