Mortality And Darkness In British Modernism

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Mortality and Darkness Within British Literature British modernism, the period that begins around 1880 and extends to around 1945, breaks from conservative forms of literature and delve deeper into modern forms. Mortality, colonization, darkness, and seclusion are a few of some circumstances that create tenants such as man’s dark heart, inherent selfishness and corruption of man. Encountering unpleasant scenes, being capable of destruction, and adapting unfitting behavior can lead to character flaw. Occurrences like these can result in undesired character or outlook change. Values that a person once thought would linger forever will collapse along with innocence. In British modernism writings, loss of innocence is depicted through the …show more content…

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