Like Brave New World the themes in literature at the time were dark; they were usually lonely. The time was about people fighting for something against a world that has lost its absolute values. There is no happy ending through good fortune or a hero or heroine coming to the rescue; one is what one makes of one’s self. Another reoccurring theme is an aversion to war. That stems from some of the historical aspects of the time.
Ethics in the modern period were very situational and there was no absolute set of moral standards that held true in every situation. The moral expectation is different at times of war then at times of peace. Massive loss of life in WWI in Britain caused a theme of destruction through technology to appear in many works of the time.
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