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In Our Time Essay

In Our Time Essay - Steve Shaffer Devine English 4W 19...

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Steve Shaffer Devine English 4W 19 November 2007 I’m Not Quite Sure What to Put Here In Our Time, we’ve seen many incredible discoveries and inventions that have changed the way we live every day of our lives. The Internet for example has infiltrated just about every facet of our lives and continues to find news ways for us to experience our world. This is not unique to our time at the turn of the millennium however. At the turn of the 20 th century, a similar revolution of life and culture was taking place. In the realm of science, theories such as Einstein’s relativity (1905-1915) and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (1925) were being discovered. To the common man, these imply that our perception of the material world is relative and uncertain and that our material experience cannot be trusted. These theories were muddying the picture of a more certain, rational, and controllable world painted by Newton’s classical mechanics. In the realm of politics, a new type of war, a World War, and new innovations in weapons brought into question the weight of human life, and prohibition brings into question what is now a large part of American life: booze. Along with the unraveling of older, well-worn ideas came angst of the unknown and the uncertain. It is from this time and among this angst that Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time is created. And the work earns its title. The central theme of the work mirrors that of its time: uncertainty. One of the most emblematic passages in the work is “The End of Something,” in which the protagonist Nick ends a relationship with his girlfriend Marjorie. In this passage, Hemingway not only touches on the subject of uncertainty but also uses it as a literary device, to
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