Essay on Modernism at Its Finest in Literature

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Modernism at Its Finest In the beginning of the twentieth century, literature changed and focused on breaking away from the typical and predicate patterns of normal literature. Poets at this time took full advantage and stretched the idea of the mind’s conscience on how the world, mind, and language interact and contradict. Many authors, such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and Twain, used the pain and anguish in first hand experiences to create and depict a new type of literature, modernism. In this time era, literature and art became a larger part of society and impacted more American lives than ever before. During the American modernism period of literature, authors, artists, and poets strived to create pieces of literature and art that…show more content…
As new technologies and advancements, such as the telephone and cinema, were created in America, modernist American literature also accepted and incorporated in the new change. Along with new inventions, social change in women and the black ethnicity caused rebellion and powerful literary movements to occur. The new social consciousness of these groups, referred to as the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, worked its way in literature rapidly and gave power to many minorities in America. Some African-American writers, from New York, who were recently enslaved, started this literary tradition in America. They were led by Countee Cullen, the British influenced poet, and Langston Hughes, raised on jazz music and black spirituals, and together, the Harlem Renaissance gave African-Americans a strong, clear voice with which they could express themselves to entire nation as a whole. In one of John Steinbeck’s novels, Of Mice and Men, there were stern examinations of the hardships of tenant farmers in California, while Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, laid bare the wide gap between society’s wealthy elite and the lower classes. With these new advancements and the Renaissance, a new period of American literature rose to new heights and expanded across the nation. World War I and the Great Depression did not give many Americans hope for achieving the
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