Influence of Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray 1. Introduction The turn from the 19th to the 20th century has given to the world a whole group of literary geniuses. It was a time of cardinal changes, the death of the old principles, of revolutions and wars. Former ideas and rules disappear and it slowly, but inevitably leads to the generation of the new directions in literature, philosophy, and art. One of is such movements was a new aestheticism, which roots go to romanticism.
Autonomy and individualism are given preference by the transcendentalists. Disappointment, discontent and distress affected the writers of Realism after the industrial revolution in America. Modernism can be considered as a branch of realism in American literature which has motivated the writers to go ahead with a new and novel style. This movement was initiated with the hope to change the mind-set of the
The great Gatsby , on the other hand , sheds light the corruption of the American dream , racism , adultery , and social class divisions . Modernist works dealt with the destruction of the family union in addition to mistrusting authority. Ulysses reflected the destruction of Leopold and Molly’s marriage after the death of their infant whereas the Great Gatsby questions the legitimacy of Jay’s fortune and its sources. In a nutshell , modernism cast light on the modern world predicaments . In conclusion , modernism is a remarkable literary movement of the nineteenth and twentieth century .
The Enlightenment, the Declaration of Rights of Men and Citizens, and Napoleon are all correlated through various ideas and goals. Many of these ideas and goals shaped the world that we live in today. As living in this world, you will know that ideas and goals change throughout time and can alter future events. The 1700s –1800s consist of great examples of ideas and goals altering future events shown through the Enlightenment, the Declaration of Rights of men and Citizens, and Napoleon’s rule. The main ideas of the Enlightenment were reason, individualism, Fraternity, and skepticism.
Modernism is traditionally related to the Enlightenment which describes a collection involving cultural actions that took place in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries mainly in North America and Europe. According to Hasa (2016), “Modernism marks a strong and deliberate break from the traditional styles of prose and poetry. The horrors of the First World War and the changing ideas about reality are developed by prominent figures such as Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, etc.” (p. 1). This showed the need for the existing
Romanticism As Americans evolved from Classicism to Romanticism there was much change, especially in literature. Classicism prioritized the idea of reason and valued “clarity, order, and balance” (Hodgins, 119). In contrast, Romanticism emphasized “importance upon the emotions and upon the individual” (Hodgins, 119). Early American Romanticists shared several central attitudes and ideas, including a concern with the “deeper” aspects of the human psychology that lie beyond rational awareness, and a tendency to value individualism over all social forms or systems. During the late eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin was one of the intelligent fellows who blended classicism with romanticism.
In the introduction Blanning argues that, besides the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, the Romantic Revolution was as, if not more, important, and just as radical and extensive. He then sets out to prove his point in a very rational setting. In his introduction, Blanning writes that the only way one can hope to understand Romanticism is ‘to enter the world of the romantics by the routes they chose themselves.’ His argument is that in order to fully appreciate Romanticism, one must know, or at least experience, its many appearances in literature, art and music. The book is filled with references to the iconic paintings, operas and novels that were born during the Romantic era. Chapter one 'The Crisis of the Age of Reason ', deals with the beginnings of romanticism, the radical shift it caused from an unoriginal event to an expressive visual, how it led to the cult of the artist genius and these same
Macbeth, once a loyal sergeant in Duncan’s army, has killed the king in order to possess the throne of Scotland. This act of such extreme measures begins Macbeth’s descent into madness and insomnia. Immediately after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth says, “Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep.” (Macbeth, Act II Scene II) Voices within his mind is the first symptom of schizophrenia that Macbeth presents in the play. However, the evidence of schizophrenia within the mind of Lord Macbeth does not end after the murder of Duncan, in fact it gets seemingly worse.
The Tragic Hero is born into nobility or maintains a high social status. King Lear is the King of Britain so therefore has pre-eminence. King Lear's tragic flaw is his blinded judgement and hubris. King Lear's downfall occurs when he starts going crazy because he gets kicked out of both Goneril and Regan's castle. In the play King Lear, William Shakespeare depicts the main character Cordelia as a tragic hero in this story/play.
Modernism is a movement that is both diverse in form as well as definition. It focuses on the revolutionising of traditions in a symbolist and aesthetic manner (Taxidou 2007: 2). In fact, the most significant aspects of modernism are the revolution of human thought, culture and understanding. But what kind of influence do they have? Do they differ in meaning when comparing performance and performance text?