Portrayal of Art and Sex in Modernist Literature

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Art and Sex In Modernist literature, the artist is the most important occupation that a person can pursue. The artist is the person who is responsible for holding a mirror to the culture of the community. It is thus their responsibility to show that community exactly what the community was truly about, especially if that truth were particularly harsh or ugly. Paris, France is famous for being a location wherein one could indulge in every kind of sin, the more lascivious the better. This aspect of the city is often depicted in literature, but never as an exploration of that lifestyle, but instead as a comment on the true hollowness of such an existence. In the earliest half of the twentieth century, a growing number of people became dissatisfied with the world they had been living in following the First World War. These people became dissatisfied with the government, with their lives, and with the status quo. In the United States, women were abandoning their roles as wives and mothers in attempts to find an individual identity as a single human being. Men and women were finding themselves attracted to members of the same sex and, for the first time in American history, were unashamed to act on their feelings, although they would often have to keep their orientation a secret from the public world for fear of ostracism or violence. This new concept of sexuality and the belief of the artist as modernist critics are all interrelated. This is evident in the books Tropic of
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