Flashcards in Literary Context Deck (14):
Manual labour dignity
Individuality is valued
Transcendentalism in The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath
Nature - nick moves towards this at the end
Gatsbys life is the opposite to this
However he shows individualism and is a hard worker
Materialism kills him and myrtle
Recognition of Manual labour
Casey preacher - god - changes to become less centralised by this
Living away from society in natural places
Depicts the social realities and the lives of everyday society
"The faithful representation of reality"
Naturalism is an extreme form of realism
Setting: remote, integral to story
Narrator: typically an educated observer who learns something from the characters while keeping a distant but sympathetic view towards them
Plots: 'nothing happens' prove a point. Revolves around the community
Thematic conflict between urban ways and old fashioned values often symbolised by the intrusion of an outsider who seeks something from the community
Abolitionist movement (1830's)
Social pressure group, whose organisation was in the North, intending on abolishing slavery.
Modernist movement outlined
'unreliable' narrator - readers forced to question even the most basic assumptions about a novel.
A whole new perspective came into being, known as 'the stream of consciousness' - the inner thoughts in somebodies head.
What did modernist writers want?
a break from tradition - literature turned non traditional and less admirable
What happened during the Harlem Renaissance?
a cultural, social and artistic explosion that took place during the 1920's in Harlem, NY. Economic opportunities triggered a widespread migration of blacks into NY. Here blacks explored new opportunities for social freedom.