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Modernism and World War 1I am studying Modernism in World War One. That is its impact,...
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Posted by regnioshow on February 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM (Answer #2)
Middle School Teacher
Modernism was a response to industrialization, and the effects of industrialization on humanity. Our society changed greatly over the 19th century, and by World War I it must have seemed like the world was a truly horrifying, pretty hopeless place.
Posted by litteacher8 on February 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM (Answer #3)
High School Teacher
Many modernist writers were in WWI or saw first-hand the effects of that devastating war on the people involved. One notable example is Earnest Hemingway. He and others became disillusioned about the nobility of war and traditional ideas of heroism and valor. They started to question the the value of many traditional ideas including ideas about writing. They wrote in a very realistic vein and challenged their readers to discern the meaning of a story as opposed to providing a tidy ending with the theme made explicit.
Posted by lmetcalf on February 24, 2012 at 1:15 AM (Answer #4)
World War I caused many people to think that western civilization was in decline and that it had become wantonly self-destructive. Part of the impact of this kind of thinking can be seen in the fairly pessimistic poems of writers such as T. S. Eliot, particularly in such poems as The Waste Land.
eNotes, as might have been expected, has a nice discussion of this:
Posted by vangoghfan on February 24, 2012 at 1:56 AM (Answer #5)
High School Teacher
An argument can be made that both WWI and Modernism grew out of the same set of changing circumstances.
Governments and nations were in a state of flux paralleled a flux in "man's state of being", which turns inward in Modernism, exploring what happens internally to a person as the historical and external modes of identification are outrun by the burst of industry, commerce, automobiles, powered flight, and the rest of the suite of changes taking place from the late 1890s to the end of WWII.
Posted by e-martin on February 24, 2012 at 3:40 AM (Answer #6)
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