Modernism and Post-Modernism - Assignment

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Running head: ENGLISH ASSIGNMENTModernism and Post-Modernism drastically modified the way the various authors aswell as the short story writers used to narrate the stories or the way they them to the readers.One of the common features of all the modern as well as the post-modern literary texts is thepresence of a significant amount of chaos in the literary works. This essay will try to find theliterary relation between the short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by FlanneryO'Connor, “The Man Who Knew Belle Starr” by Richard Bausch, “A Distant Episode” byPaul Bowlesand “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates.In the opinion of many people the primary difference between the various modernartists and the post-modern artists can be judged on the basis of the chaos theory. Accordingto the chaos theory, “a modern artist tries to come out of the chaos where a post-modern artistcelebrates the chaos”. It is significant to note that a closer analysis of the four literary textswould reveal that all four of them belong to the genre of post-modernism and the writers ofthese short stories do not try to resolve the chaos which forms the core of the story.Therefore, for the story “The Man Who Knew Belle Starr”by Richard Bausch nosignificant information about the girl is being provided and the story ends rather abruptly.Similarly, the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O'Connor also ends ratherabruptly without providing any significant information either about the Misfit or the reasons
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