Hughes and williams - Modernism began in the first decade of the 20th century At that time changes in culture and society of America triggered

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Modernism began in the first decade of the 20th century. At that time, changes in culture and society of America triggered modernization throughout much of the commerce, social, artistic and educational lives. The changing was reflected through the writers, their literary works, and the specific writing styles. According to the opinion of George P. Anderson, “literary interest shifted from the external to the internal, to the psychology and motivation of characters and their roots in deeply shared experience” (Anderson, 2010). Literature attempted to portray mankind as it really was. During the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance was known as the “New Negro Movement”. In this culture movement, the black artists and writers hoped that great art could change the racist ideas about African- Americans and worked for the goals of civil rights and equality. Black literature was absorbed into white mainstream culture in American society. Langston Hughes is considered to be the most significant black poet of the twentieth century. Hughes contributed a powerful voice to American literature through novels, short stories, autobiographies, essays, journalistic prose, and poems that expressed the dreams, frustrations, and experiences of working-class black people. As Cary R. Nelson said in Anthology of Modern American Poetry , “For many decades, [Hughes] has been at the top of the pantheon of 20th-century poets by any reasonable standard. He deserves to have every word he wrote be in print” (Nelson, 2000). He used nature from different perspectives to show the experience of racism and life of African- Americans. He was proud of being black. In addition, he used his creative style of poetry- jazz and blues music for subjects and for structure. On the other hand, Playwright, poet, and fiction writer, Tennessee Williams left a powerful mark on American theatre. He was
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widely considered the greatest Southern playwright and “One of the most prominent playwrights in United States after World War II” (Liukkonen, 2001). Unquestionably, he was best known for his plays. At their best, Williams gave American unforgettable characters, an incredible vision of life in the South. Williams left behind an impressive body of work, including the characters of plays reflected his own world, the theme of the characters how to face and relate to reality, and his use of symbols that represent many different things. Langston Hughes was the first people that used the black art to depict the African American experiences. In “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”, He wrote, “We younger Negro artists now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they aren't, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful” (Hughes, 1926). From his earlier poets such as “The Weary
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This note was uploaded on 11/01/2011 for the course ACC 200 taught by Professor Minliu during the Spring '11 term at Universidad Europea de Madrid.

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Hughes and williams - Modernism began in the first decade of the 20th century At that time changes in culture and society of America triggered

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