How does modernism tie into "Paul’s Case"? Is modernism Cather’s style of writing?  I am writing a paper on modernism in "Paul's Case" versus the lost generation in "Babylon Revisited," I can...

How does modernism tie into "Paul’s Case"? Is modernism Cather’s style of writing?  

I am writing a paper on modernism in "Paul's Case" versus the lost generation in "Babylon Revisited," I can not seem to figure out the specific styles of writing and how they compare and contrast.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

By your statement of contrast "on modernism in 'Paul's Case' versus the lost generation in 'Babylon Revisited,'" are you suggesting that you wish to contrast the character of Paul as a Modernist character with the character of Charlie in Fitzgerald's story?  If so, then you can write a viable paper. Remember that you must compare/contrast "apples to apples," as the saying goes.  That is, Modernism is a movement; the lost generation is not; it is a term for the writers of the Modernist movement.

Once you arrange your contrast to balance, you can go forward.  If you wish to compare/contrast the elements of Modernism in both stories, see the enotes topic site listed below which will be helpful of itself, as well as referring you to other sites that will assist your analysis.

To begin with, then, you will want to define Modernism with aspects that you can support as a comparison; on the other hand, you need to find those that differ from story to story.  The site mentioned above as well as others you can easily access, will provide you with a working definition.

Another helpful site is the how-to write a comparison/contrast essay listed below.  Good luck!