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How well does Hunger fit into the traditions of the Modern Breakthrough and Modernism? Modern Breakthrough -A belief in God is replaced by a belief in science and reason p27 -The world is explainable and logical -Realism: Literature tries to give a true picture of life -An interest in social issues (Class struggle) -A belief in objectivity: it is possible to depict reality as it is -Social problems can be solved in public debate Modernism -A belief in God is replaced by a feeling of isolation and anguish -The protagonist is a writer -God has created a hole in him -There is an existential void in him -There are several moments where the protagonist curses god and refuses to believe in god -Page 18: “God had stuck his finger down into the network of my nerves and gently, quite casually, brought a little confusion among the threads. And God had withdrawn his finger and behold!- There were fibers and delicate filaments on his finger from the threads of my nerves.” -Page 136: “”I say to you, you holy Baal of heaven, you do not exist, but if you did exist I would curse you until your heaven trembled with the fires of hell…” -The protagonist is an outsider in society -he has no acquaintances and no one is there to help him -the policeman shoos him away and calls him a rotten egg -The world is fragmented. The artist must provide coherence -the world is not explainable and logical -sometimes he seems to not understand himself -he does things unexplainably and explicably -This text is a fantastic example of modernism because the entire text is fragmented. -The text wanders: very hard to narrate a direct path -The book is chopped into 4 parts -We are only being shown certain fragments of this man’s existence -The protagonist wanders -We have little background information on who the narrator is -Is he Andreas Tangen? He said he lied, but is he? -All we know is about his experience during this period of time in the book -There is a shifting perspective within the head of the protagonist: talks in past and present tense -There is always an uncertainty with time -He looks at his clock a lot
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-We, as readers, don’t know how much time has passed from the beginning to the end -Irreality: Literature creates poetic, subjective realities which do not conform to the rules of this world -Yes, there is realism in this novel. The city and streets are real and nothing super unnatural really does occur. However, everything is filtered through the protagonist’s head, which is severely cluttered with many distortions. On page 110, he bit his finger. How real could this be? There isn’t much self cannibalism known in our society. He also insists that the cart full of potatoes are cabbages. This shows how language fails here, to intersect, mismatch between the words and reality. -An interest in artistic issues
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course GEO 170 taught by Professor Burnicki during the Spring '11 term at Wisconsin.

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