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Great Gatsby Modernism

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Literary Modernism started in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Modernism revolved around breaking the normality of past literary styles. This break from normality quickly became the main energizer for writers to continue to make experiment and create literary Modernism works. Writers also used this break from literary normality to experience with many different writing styles some of which failed horribly and others that went on to become a prominent form of writing. Some now famous writers that rose from this writing style were Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. The Modernism works also had another outside factor that helped in its creation, this was the current world events. The events during this literary era would be the First World War. This violence and catastrophic loss of life caused the entire world some form of sorrow or grievance. These sorrows added to the desire for writers to create new literary styles that could distract and entertain the people of the world. Along with the loss of life from the war people had…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald and “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. The main character of the first novel, Jay Gatsby, has an American Dream of being financially successful enough to finally feel worth of asking for the love of his former friend. He spends most of his young adult life using his brains amassing a fortune and eventually moves near to the girl he loves. While Gatsby’s goal was not the wealth in itself, but the wealth was a stepping stone towards his dream. The second book “A Streetcar Named Desire” follows main character Blanche to her sister’s house. Thorough direct and indirect characterization you learn that Blanche’s idea of the American Dream is to be married to a wealthy man. She wants this because marrying a wealth man would be an easy way to gain wealth that she could
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