Bridging The Gap

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Political Events

Political unrest was present in all time periods however it occurred in different patterns throughout the years. 1850-1890 encompassed the civil war and those tensions carried in the early 1900's. This caused many uprisings and citizens searching for social reforms from 1890-1910. These ideals spread throughout the early 20th century. The main political issue in the 1910-1930's was WWI and this caused a massive blow to the country's morale.


“She was further troubled because she had neglected to tell her daughter about the freshly opened kit of mackerel in the cellar, that would spoil if it were not used directly.”

Indeed, for her own sake, I could only wish her taste for such things quite dead, and the long struggle mercifully ended at last.”

“I suggested our visiting the Conservatory and the Common before lunch, but she seemed altogether too timid to wish to venture out. ”

“At two o'clock the Boston Symphony Orchestra was to give a Wagner programme, and I intended to take my aunt, though as I conversed with her I grew doubtful about her enjoyment of it.”

“ I had planned a little pleasure for her that afternoon, to repay her for some of the glorious moments she had given me when we used to milk together in the straw-thatched cow-shed, and she, because I was more than usually tired, or because her husband had spoken sharply to me, would tell me of the splendid performance of Meyerbeer's "Huguenots" she had seen in Paris in her youth. ”

Literary Elements

In the 1850-1890's the writing style was very dark and hopeless and reflected the brutality of the civil war. Realism was a popular style because it was focused on reality rather than feelings. However in 1890-1910 the style was reflecting the emotional connection people had to their writings and they tended to write about reforms they were seeking. WWI was a popular topic to write about and the dark nature of the stories definitely showcased the horrible details of the war.


“In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king”

“The tiger-cages of the kingdom were searched for the most savage and relentless beast”

“in which he took such great delight and satisfaction. No matter how the affair turned out, the youth would be disposed of, and the king would take an aesthetic pleasure in watching the course of events.”

"Krebs found that to be listened to at all he had to lie and after he had done this twice he, too, had a reaction against the war and against talking about it."

"Krebs acquired the nausea in regard to experience that is the result."

Attitude of the nation

The 1850-1890's people did not have leisure time and people had long working hours with almost no benefits. This added to the overall low morale the country had at this point in time. In 1890-1910 the attitude changed to one of uprising with different groups searching for changes in the government. WWI caused a change in the atmosphere as women worked while men were deployed, this created a new pride for woman but overall there was a depression after the war in which many people were unhappy.


"German machine gunners who were not chained, were not thrilled by his stories."

"His town had heard too many atrocity stories to be thrilled by actualities."

"He did not want to come home."

"The men from the town who had been drafted had all been welcomed elaborately on their return."

“her through long lines of wholly barbaric ancestors, she hated the woman who blushed and trembled behind that silent door.”

“should he be proved innocent of the crime of aspiring to one so far above him; and the princess hated her.”


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