Modernism in Faulkner and Wright Analytical Essay by writingsensation

Modernism in Faulkner and Wright
This paper reviews and analyzes the similar themes of early 20th century modernism in William Faulkner's "Go Down Moses" and Richard Wright's short story "The Man Who Was Almost a Man."
# 67969 | 1,075 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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The writer of this paper details the plots and main characters in both works of writing. This paper discusses the style of both novels which revolve around the morals and manners of the old south in America. The writer contends and explains why the tales are neither retrospective or romantic in nature, rather, both authors use the decaying social morals of the southern region of the U.S. to define 20th century modernism. Both novels deal with racial issues that were prevalent in the early 20th century. This paper examines how both short stories contain an estrangement of place, in which the main male characters, Dave and Samuel, in both novels can't seem to find a home in either the north or south. The writer explores the reasons that for both Samuel and Dave the world is a violent place, that offers only a purposeless flight as an alternative to the prejudices of the south. The writer examines why at the end of both tales neither man is complete.

From the Paper:

"The difficulties with their parents suggest the failure of the parental generation of Blacks to sustain the next generation, and heighten the frustration of the Black young men to create new identities when they are mired in the past world of the old, more subservient code of ethics of their elders. "Go Down Moses" begins in Illinois, where a young Black man named Samuel Beauchamp waits for death. Samuel murdered a police officer and, the reader is told, he will be executed the next day. However, the idea of fragmented identity is brought forth when it becomes clear that Samuel is the grandson of the Southern Mollie, who he says raised him, although he cannot remember his parents."

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