Characters in American novels of the 20th century

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  • Types Of Subjectivity In The Big Money By John Dos Passos

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    type of subjectivity used to aestheticize the 20th century can be found in John Dos Passos,’ The Big Money. In this novel, Dos Pasos’ uses two major types of subjectivity to re-present the past. The first type is the use of the characters to symbolize a larger idea present in 20th century American society- the loss of humanity in the pursuit of material success and ideological aspirations. This form of subjectivity is comparable to Pound’s use of characters. However, Dos Pasos’ subjectively presents

  • Examples Of Cultural Assumptions In To Kill A Mockingbird

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    classic novel, composed by Harper Lee in the early 1960’s, during the Great Depression. The novel presents White superiority to Black people, gender inequality and social classes as three dominant cultural assumptions that governed America, especially the Deep South, in the 20th century. These assumptions have been presented through the use of language, structure, characterisation and themes. The presence of the cultural assumptions and how they have been presented by the author has made the novel one

  • Amory Blaine : A True American Character

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    A True American Character One of the major characteristics of a great novel is its potential to depict characters that are representative of a specific society, its ideology, its conventions, and its worldview. Analyzing from the perspective of characterization, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “This Side of Paradise” should be considered as one of the greatest novels ever written in the realm of American literature because emphasizing on the development of the central protagonist’s character in the novel

  • Leaves And Survivor Essay

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    A novel is often defined as “an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events.” ( ) The basis of a novel is very broad and features many different types of writing styles and genres throughout time. Novels such as House of Leaves and Survivor are written in a different way than White Noise, but all still follow the basic framework of a novel. What binds the different types of novels together is the

  • Automatism In The Rite Of Spring By Viktor Sklovsky

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    the beauty of poetry. However, American society did not view literature in the same manner. Thus, he concludes America is a “half-savage land” in which his art and ideas are unable to flourish. To illustrate the feebleness of literature in America, Pound constructed a second section containing an allusionary autobiography using a third-person alter ego named Hugh Selwyn Mauberry. Pound used Hugh in this section to subjectively describe his experience as a 20th century poet in America. In this section

  • Dirty Thirties In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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    The so-called “Dirty Thirties” was the time period for John Steinbeck’s seventh novel, Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men is about two migrant workers, Lennie Small and George Milton, who arrive at a farm. Lennie is mentally disabled, and he is pushed into a mass of conflicts both by his own conduct and others conduct. Included in Steinbeck’s novel are five communities: the mentally disabled (i.e. Lennie), the physically disabled (i.e. Candy and Crooks), people of color (i.e. Crooks), women (i.e. Curley’s

  • The Role Of Women In Kindred By Octavia E. Butler

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    the role of gender in power dynamics in both the 19th and 20th century is explored through the journey of the main character, Dana. In the novel, Dana time travels back and forth in time to the 1800’s and back to her present time of 1976. Throughout her time travel experience, the different roles and powers women held in both the 19th and 20th century are portrayed through the characters of Dana, Margaret, and Sarah. During the 19th century, women were generally trapped in their homes and would perform

  • Theme Of Anger In The Bluest Eye

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    20th century is characterized by anger.Toni Morrison is one of the most greatest novelists who has written some of demanding fiction of modernism .Morrison's writings focus on African Residents on American society and on their identity . Throughout Morrison's novel, she does not introduce whites as main characters ."The Bluest Eye" is considered an autobiographical novel for every African immigrant . The research paper will discuss anger in the terms of characters , plot , symbols , and narration

  • `` Herland, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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    In the 20th century, women had limited rights, restricted access, and fixed gender roles. When it came to marriage everything was contingent upon the man’s discretion. As a result, women in American society could not function seamlessly through this system without support from her husband. In the novel, Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she depicts a successful society of women that thrives without men. Moreover, Gilman criticizes the gender discrimination of women, by creating this utopian society

  • Race Relations In The 20Th Century Were Far From Over.

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    Race relations in the 20th century were far from over. As time passed following the Reconstruction Era, American still had ways to go to secure basic civil rights for African Americans across the country. In fact, these relations between black Americans and white Americans at the time were multifaceted - Jim Crow laws and legal segregation, lynching, the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, and sharecropping are but a few examples of the issues relevant to black Americans. In light of the need for equality

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