A New Age Of Literature Essay

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The early 1900s ushered in a new age of literature and way of thinking in the wake of changing traditions, cultures, and the dissolution of values and humanity caused by capitalism and materialism. This era, known as the modernist period, were made up of authors - from all walks of life - who sought to defy and contest the traditional and new age problems through works of literature. As the result of this, many underlying issues in society were exposed as being double standard, or age old primitive and religious dogmatic traditions from earlier time periods. Brought about by World War One, the emancipation of women occurred when the young, healthy men were overseas fighting. This forced women of all social statuses, to take up men duties. However, after the men returned from war, the women were forced back into the traditional position of their gender. Bringing forth the crisis of gender identity in mostly women and reestablishing gender inequality in the patriarchal society of the early 1900s.

The four texts I have chosen to compare are Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Cat in the Rain’,‘The Great Gatsby’, by Scott Fitzgerald, ‘The Garden Party’ by Katherine Mansfield, and ‘I, being born a woman and distressed’ by Edna Millay. In all of these texts, the modernist authors have challenged the traditional concepts and the positions of men and women in the early 1900s society by underlining the disparity that lies between them - politically and socially.

The attack by the modernists,
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