• Rejects traditional values.

  • Freedom of language; stream of consciousness.

  • Alienation from society.

  • Procrastination; an inability to act.

  • Fear of death.

  • Inability to feel or express love.

  • Agonized recollection of the past and a desire to return to a state of innocence and virtue.

  • Literature as art.

  • Practice of using symbolic meaning.

  • Pursuit of the American dream.

  • Focus on progress--finding out what doesn't work and replacing it.

  • Grief over loss of past; fear of eroding traditions.

  • Decadence and decay.

  • Sense of place; local color.


E. E. Cummings

William Faulkner

John Knowles

John Steinbeck

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