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THE GREAT GATSBY Introduction The modern age began in 1915 and ended around the year 1946 During that time American Literature changed in many ways A lot of the changes were due to the impact of World War I To truly appreciate literature written during this era you must understand the nations involvement in the war Before World War I began the mood of the American society was confident and optimistic but when hundreds of thousands of the Americans and Europeans lost their lives this outlook on life was shattered People began to see a need for change but didnt know what kinds of changes There was a growing sense of uncertainty disjointedness and disillusionment among certain members in American Society During the aftermath of World War I a major literary movement known as modernism began to develop This movement caused a lot of writers to abandon the traditional forms and techniques they used before Instead modernists sought to capture the essence of modern life in both form and content of their work They constructed works out of fragments omitting the expositions resolutions interpretations transitions and summaries often used in traditional works The modernists also frequently expressed their views about modern life in the themes of their works often focusing on themes such as the uncertainty bewilderment and apparent meaninglessness of modern life Babusci 650 Since most people living during this time believed that modern life lacked certainty modernists usually suggested rather than asserted meaning in their works The theme of a typical modernist is implied not stated This technique forces readers to draw their own conclusions One way they did this was by using symbols or allusions to suggest the theme of their work Also modernists generally used a limited point of view in their novels and stories because they believed reality was shaped by peoples perceptions Modernists also experimented with numerous new literary techniques including shifting points of new and the stream-of-consciousness
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