World War I was known as the boy’s war because young college men mainly fought. During this period, the concern was experimentation and creating a new style of writing. Writers realized that the world was spinning out of control and they had to find a way to impose order. This would be the best way to impose meaning and give the public a feeling of reassurance. A few characteristics of Modernist writing is the experimentation of form, criticizing industrialism, questioning Christianity, and characters who experience alienation, defeat, and detachment. Further, technique improved because an interest in language grew. Bigger words were being used and larger concepts were being explored, which brought about the rise of ambiguity. Two authors that represent Modernist writing would be Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway.
Ezra Pound is considered a modern poet and a leader in the imagist movement. Pound...
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...is writing, he addresses the concept of not knowing what will happen next and that can make the audience uneasy. After World War II, postmodernism took over and created uncertainty because it questioned every concept in place.
Both World Wars brought change to American Literature because each writer wanted to address public concern. The First World War brought the war identity and wanting to establish order, using reason and logic. However, the Second World War blurred all the genres that were in place. The previous authors took their own experience and addressed the world around them. The wars led to wins, new identities, and sometimes death. The only response was creating characters that go through the same dilemmas and this gave the audience an intellectual escape. Both World Wars created a new form of expression and a new system to discover order and reality.
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