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Modernist Prose & Plays Flashcards

Modernist Prose & Plays Flashcards
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Long Day's Journey Into Night
A partially autobiographical play by Eugene O'Neill. It follows a struggling family over the course of a day. The mother in the play suffers from addiction, much like O'Neill's mother.
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John Steinbeck
This Modernist writer wrote The Grapes of Wrath. He had a lot of interest in the disenfranchised and demonstrated this by including themes regarding social protest in his work.
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William Faulkner
A Modernist writer known for the novel As I Lay Dying and other works. He wrote in stream-of-consciousness, which means thoughts are written down without a lot of focus.
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The Iceman Cometh
A very long play by Eugene O'Neill. It's about 20 characters, many of whom are alcoholics, sitting in a bar waiting for a man who recently sobered up.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
This novel, by Hemingway, is written in a very direct manner, as is much of the rest of his work. It takes place in Spain between World War I and World War II.
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Flashcard Content Overview

The flashcards contained in this set were designed to help you review the Modernist movement as well as the characteristics of the Lost Generation of writers. You can focus on writers such as John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. These cards also deal specifically with the following Modernist literary works:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Winesburg, Ohio
  • Long Day's Journey into Night
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
This novel, by Hemingway, is written in a very direct manner, as is much of the rest of his work. It takes place in Spain between World War I and World War II.
The Iceman Cometh
A very long play by Eugene O'Neill. It's about 20 characters, many of whom are alcoholics, sitting in a bar waiting for a man who recently sobered up.
William Faulkner
A Modernist writer known for the novel As I Lay Dying and other works. He wrote in stream-of-consciousness, which means thoughts are written down without a lot of focus.
John Steinbeck
This Modernist writer wrote The Grapes of Wrath. He had a lot of interest in the disenfranchised and demonstrated this by including themes regarding social protest in his work.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
A partially autobiographical play by Eugene O'Neill. It follows a struggling family over the course of a day. The mother in the play suffers from addiction, much like O'Neill's mother.
Modernism
A literary movement that arose after World War I. The rise of industrialization and expansions in city life in this period led to writing about alienation and a withdraw from tradition.
Winesburg, Ohio
Sherwood Anderson wrote this novel, which is actually a group of short stories that are interconnected. This unique approach to form reflects the work's Modernist nature.
The Great Gatsby
A famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was initially seen as shallow because of its focus on wealth and sex. Critics see the novel as looking at the idea of the American dream.
The Great Gatsby: Symbols
This novel uses the symbol of the green light to represent achieving the American dream, which is always unreachable for the character of Gatsby.
The Lost Generation
A term used to refer to the group of people who grew to adulthood during World War I. The events of the war left them disillusioned and with a feeling that they couldn't control their lives.

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