Analysis for Characteristics of Social Protest Literature Essay

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Analysis for Characteristics of Social Protest Literature Social protest literature is rooted in 18th century literature that addressed social problems, but which, more often than not, did not present a solution. Protest literature of this nature became most prominent in the mid-20th century, after the Japanese forfeit of World War II and ranged from the Vietnam and Cold War through hippy and civil rights movements and still continues today. The extent of topics discussed in this era of literature cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the mentally disabled to technology’s effect on nature to the implications of weapons of mass destruction. “Average Waves in Unprotected Waters” by Anne Tyler, “Traveling Through the Dark” by …show more content…
At the end of the story, Arnold’s mother, Bet, is at the train station where her train back home has been delayed and she is asking herself, “What am I going to do?” (Tyler 1070). The delayed arrival of Bet’s train creates a disturbance in her plans and the question she asks herself helps to raise questions in the reader’s mind as well, all of which creates another key element of this short story: suspense. Anne Tyler’s short story easily demonstrates important characteristics of social protest literature. William Stafford’s poem, “Traveling Through the Dark,” is another work that display’s common characteristics of social protest literature, such as a specific tone, strong symbolism, and a significant setting. In this poem, Stafford uses an uncomfortably simple choice of words to describe an event that would typically be of little interest to most people, exemplified when he said, “I dragged her off; she was large in the belly” (Stafford 1054). In using this uncomfortable and interesting choice of words, Stafford creates a dark and serious tone that clearly signifies the deepness that is meant within his simple words. Although the poem is short, the car and the deceased doe on the side of the road have a much deeper meaning beyond what they appear to be (Stafford 1053). Stafford incorporates symbolism, another

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