The New Idea Of Modernism Essay

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In the time after World War One a new way of thinking became prominent. This new idea is what we call Modernism. After the war it was realized that many people had suffered absolute horrors, ones that they never could have imagined, or ever forget. The violence and pain witnessed by so many left them psychologically shell-shocked, and filled with disillusionment. These psychological effects would soon alter the world for years to come, and lead many to a loss in faith and questioning of everything they once believed true.
Many of the social normalities these people had before they left for war, were abandoned. People exchanged their proper ways for more relaxed ideals. In this new society people were more able to express themselves, how they wanted to. One of the best shifts that happened in this new era was with women. Before World War One, women were considered submissive to men. They did not have duties outside of daily house work, and children. However after World War One people returned to women who had taken on more manly roles. In The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway uses women to show these challenges of society. Take Brett Ashley, before the war she would have been considered a rebel, and unattractive to most men, but after the war he attributes take on a whole new light. Brett is in control of her surroundings and this control gives her options that many women before had not experienced. This independence can be seen in her promiscuity. When Jake confronts her about this behavior she makes no excuse but rather says “ Oh well. What if I do” (Hemingway 27). This reaction is something new. Post World War, many women began reject the social norms that had been set for them. Unlike the women in e.e. Cummings poem The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls, where women questioned nothing around them, and were considered “unbeautiful and [to] have comfortable minds” (line 2), women began to realize that men and society were not in control of their lives. They were. The fact that women were now questioning the rules they once lived, only shows that people were finally shifting away from the past and into a new era of thinking.
Women were not the only ones to questioning society during this time, both men and women had seen the use of chemical weapons, brutal battles, and an enormous waste of human life, people had “rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter “(e.e cummings, line 10 ) making it difficult to believe in a divine being or anything else, because who would let something that terrible happen? Due to this new lack in faith people came to question the moral code by which society ran. They became more concerned about their own moral code, rather than trying to fulfill societies expectations, since it seemed to only...

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