Post Modern and Contemporary Period in the United States

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The 1960s-1970s, the Peace Movement, the Hippie Movement, the Antiwar Movement, the Protest Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Postmodern and Contemporary period; These names, periods, epochs, eras, and movements all have different meanings, however they refer to the same time in history and the emotions related to it. For these purposes it will simply be called the Postmodern and Contemporary period in the United States. This epoch was one of peace, individualism, spiritualism, unity, change, progress, mass harmonic assemblies, war, death, destruction, discontent, fear, hope, expression, free speech, questioning, and development of the arts. The emotions of the period are now trapped in the literature and art we see today.…show more content…
Dylan exemplifies the peace theme by asking "how many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?" The "white dove" is an archetype for peace, and the sleeping in the sand symbolizes the goal of the dove (peace), so Dylan is asking what it will take to achieve peace. Dylan illustrates the anti-war theme by asking "how many times must the cannon balls fly before they're forever banned?" Cannon balls are an archetype for war and violence, and to "ban" them would mean there would be no more war. Dylan turns to the evils that war causes and the troubles of society by inquiring "how many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn't see?" Dylan leaves the end of the question open to interpretation, but many believe the quote to mean "how many times can someone choose to disregard the violence, poverty, racism, death, etc. that befall our society and not assist in preventing it?" Dylan asks something similar to this a few verses down, he writes "how many ears can one man have before he can hear people cry?" This implies almost the same idea as the previous quote we discussed. Lastly, Dylan asks "how many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died". This is possibly the most concrete criticism of the Vietnam war we see throughout the whole poem, Dylan asks how many people have to die until the government realizes that it's time to leave

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