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From Civil War Through the Modern Age in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost and Beat! Beat! Drums! by Walt Whitman
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Throughout American literature writers have always written on social topics Writers wrote about what was around them and this was anything from war to love Pieces of literature that confront social topics include Walt Whitmans Beat Beat Drums Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken From the Civil War through the Modern Age the changing views of social topics is evident through literature With the brake out of the Civil War came views of societys sorrow for lost boys dying in farmers fields Many Americans believed the war would end quickly with one decisive battle perhaps Instead Americans had to struggle through four long years of death and destruction In Beat Beat Drums by Walt Whitman the bugles give society shrills In this piece Whitman writes Nor the peaceful farmer any peace plowing his field or gathering his grain So fierce you whirr and pound you drums-so shrill you bugles blow This passage tells of a farmer having no peace now that the war is happening on his fields Some writers however tried to keep their literature free of war and they wrote about the westward movement The civil war authors told of the sorrows society felt during the Civil War Before during and after the Civil War writers were writing about the society of the westward movement A famous westward movement author was Mark Twain Twain wrote mostly stories pertaining to life on the Mississippi River One of his most famous novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn tells of a young boy and a run away slave rafting up the Mississippi The society of the time did not except blacks but Huck like Twain was a non-conformist and treated Jim the slave with respect This non-conformist aspect can be seen in much of the westward movement literature Westward movement writers wrote on the social views of the west and the people who broke away from the traditional
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