Modern-Postmodern Comparison

Modern-Postmodern Comparison - ENGL 3060 Comparison of...

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ENGL 3060 Comparison of “Soldier’s Home” and “How to Tell a True War Story” Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home” is the epitome of a modernist story, while Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” demonstrates characteristics of postmodernism. The elements of each story, including plot, characterization, setting, narration, symbolism, and theme can be contrasted to point out the differences between modernism and postmodernism in fiction writing. This paper will focus specifically on plot and characterization to contrast the two stories’ dispositions toward modernism and postmodernism. The primary goal of modernism is to seek truth, while postmodernism tends to reject that a truth exists altogether and instead focuses on epistemology – the fundamental nature of knowledge (Wikipedia). The plot of “Soldier’s Home” is developed systematically and chronologically, beginning with a scene from Krebs’ stay in Germany, moving on to his attempt to readjust to his home, and concluding with his reflection on
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course ENGL 3600 taught by Professor Pinney during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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