Philology Matters


The literary process in the first half of the twentieth century acquires new styles, new techniques, it combines modernism and realism. For literary works, fantastic absurdity becomes characteristic, as a new experimental form. If in the nineteenth century, literary works described clear objective subjects, for example, love, evil, family and social relations, then in the updated literature of the twentieth century, abstract psychological methods are used primarily to describe a particular thing. The First World War became the cardinal theme of the art in the first half of the twentieth century, determined the personal destinies and formed the artistic personality of such writers as Richard Aldington. The novel “Death of a Hero”, which appeared in 1929, put the author – at that time already a well-known poet, critic and translator – into a list of prominent English novelists. “Death of a Hero” is the key work, created by the writer in the first two decades of his literary activity. This is a turning point and the most notable milestone. The shortcomings of the novel are now more obvious, but its merits are still indisputable; the sincerity of the confession, the passion and persuasiveness of the denunciations, the spontaneity and originality of the artistic expression. This book is written with the blood of a heart-dejected, sorrowful, but sympathetic.
Literature is filled with a special philosophy. The main themes used in literature are war, revolution, problems of religious perception, and most importantly – the tragedy of a person, a person who, due to circumstances, has lost his inner harmony. Lyrical heroes become more daring, decisive, extraordinary, and unpredictable. At the beginning of the 20th century, mass literature appears. Works that did not have a high artistic value, however, were widespread among the population. In this article we will try to describe the images of women in the novel “Death of a Hero”.

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