A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

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What characteristics of modernism are there in "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

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Literary modernism in the early 20th century, as exemplified by the works of Ernest Hemingway, was a reaction to the chaos and confusion of the era brought on by factors such as World War I. It broke with traditional romantic styles of writing and embraced experimentation, stream of consciousness, and psychological complexity. It manifested in characteristics such as realistic details, fragmented or internalized perspectives, irony, blatant sexuality, and anti-heroism.

The so-called Lost Generation of American writers, who chose to live abroad in the wake of World War I, included Hemingway. These writers used modernism as a means to make sense of their confusing world. Hemingway's modernism took the form of paring away all extraneous language and using extremely simple sentences. His characters also appear simple on the surface, but the reader catches glimpses of underlying complexity and psychological intensity.

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