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Modernism

Modernism is often thought of as a time of experimentation in literature. Is this born out in your reading of these two texts?
Literature Essay

  • Assessment: essay
  • Mark: A
  • Year: 2005
  • Wordcount: 2123

Excerpt:
Throughout The Wasteland the reader has to ask the following questions: is the line spoken, overheard, remembered? In a sense the voices move between bodies, over space, through time and even overstep specified mythical boundaries. Thus, new parallels and new possibilities open a different understanding of reality itself. The putative reality of the golden Jazz Age is the background of The Great Gatsby. Under this golden surface Fitzgerald creates his own wasteland in an American context with similar suffering, cruelty, destructiveness and withdrawal of values as Eliot’s. Fitzgerald’s social criticism, through his various techniques, such as symbolism and creating antagonisms, involves a deeper moral and critical understanding of ‘reality’ in the 1920’s.

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