The Similarities between Romanticism and Modernism Essays

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Many may argue that the Modernist movement was a completely new and unique movement within British literature. The goal of this paper is to determine whether or not the Modernist Literary Movement was completely unique or not. The similarities found in the works of Modernist authors and poets, such as Joseph Conrad and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), will be examined against Romanticism themes and authors such as William Wordsworth. What will be found is that Modernism is not a completely unique movement, but one that combines elements from previous literary movements. It has been discussed by Professors and authors that Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, was a bridge between Romanticism and Modernism. Within the …show more content…
They are emotionally and intellectually tortured, traumatized, highly emotional, manipulative, self-serving, often reckless, and have self-destructive compulsions, they tend to feel loyalty, seemingly, only to themselves and their core beliefs and morals (Flemming, Web). Conrad’s character, Kurtz, is exactly what this is describing. Kurtz is a violent man and does unforgivable things. He is intelligent and tortured. He lets the natives treat him like a god and he was such an exceptional man that it was often spoken about and thought by Marlow. He was, emphasis on was, a great man who fell from his pedestal. This is the Byronic Hero that can be found in Romantic literature and in a lot of different art forms found today. So, not only is Modernism not completely new or unique, neither is literature from later times. Each new literary movement is borrowing from previous movements, as this Byronic Hero is still used today. The Byronic Hero is a very strong argument for the fact that Modernism is not unique or completely new. Not only is it used in Romanticism, it is used in other era’s and movements. There are many current book series that have Byronic Heroes as characters; Artemis Fowl II in the Artemis Fowl series, Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series, Lestat in Interview with a Vampire, Edward Cullen in the Twilight series. Not only these more modern period books but also Erik/The Phantom

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