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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson D: Postwar Anxiety, Creativity, and Change

Activity 5: The Impact of WWI on Music, Literature, and Arts Discussion

How did the Great War affect the arts, and how did artists after World War I express their emotions?

Directions: Read the following quotation and examine the etching "Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas" to prepare for a class discussion.


"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason."

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)


Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas, Etching and Aquatint by Otto Dix, 1924 Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas, Etching and Aquatint by Otto Dix, 1924
"Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas", Etching and Aquatint by Otto Dix, 1924 [1]


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Classroom Activity - Impact of World War I on Music, Literature, and Art

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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • What views of modern war are shown in the following quote and artwork?
  • How does this source express the feelings of disillusionment felt after the Great War?

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[1] Source: This image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:'Stormtroops_Advancing_ Under_Gas',_etching_and_aquatint_by_Otto_Dix,_1924.jpg qualifies as fair use and is in the public domain.