The Great Gatsby, By Edna St. Vincent Millay, Hills Like White Elephants, Harlem Renaissance

752 Words Feb 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Many writers in the 1920’s struggled with the change that they saw in the world, but there were also writers who wished to embrace and evoke the social amendments. A reoccurring theme in the literature of this time is exploring individuality and having pride in who you are. This includes things such as living in the present, moving past racism and redefining gender roles. Examples of this theme can be found in many works written around the 1920’s, including The Great Gatsby, poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Hills Like White Elephants, Harlem Renaissance poetry, and Respectable Woman. For many, this period was a time of pushing boundaries, especially for African-Americans who had migrated north looking to get away from the harsh Jim Crow laws of the south. The Great Migration spurred The Harlem Renaissance, a time of inspirational and revolutionary poetry about the effects of racism and ways to move past it; the poets finally felt free to express themselves on the controversial topic. “I am the darker brother/They send me to eat in the kitchen/When company comes.” Even though slavery had been abolished years prior to the Harlem Renaissance, many African-Americans were still impacted by the lasting effects of racism and segregation. However, writers in Harlem hung on to the hope that their community would one day be recognized for what it was, an explosion of beautiful and unique culture and resilient spirit. “Besides,/They’ll see how beautiful I am/And be ashamed—/ I,…

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