E.B. Whites Great Web of Fantasy
The historical time which includes the period of 1899-1985 was known as the Modern Age in America. It was the horrifying events of World War II, which began in America with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as well as the startling assassination of John F. Kennedy. Most historians are adamant in their belief that the popular authors of the day often encouraged their readers to use their imagination to achieve their dreams and goals. One of these writers was E.B. White, about whom it was said by The Massachusetts Review, that “White lives on in the hearts of his readers” (The Massachusetts Review 52). A look at the historical and personal background of this great author, as well as a few of his more popular works, will give evidence of his influence on young readers at that time and still to this day.
One of the two major historical events that affected the way that E. B. White wrote and lived his life was World War II. The Second World War started because Hitler was going through Europe and trying to take it over. The main people involved in World War II were the Axis Powers which involved the countries Germany, Italy, and Japan. The other big group was the Allied Powers who were Great Britain, France, Soviet Union, United States, and China. The United Stated got in the war when Japan attacked us on December 7, 1941. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked Pearl Harbor with was on the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack lasted for two hours straight, after the attack Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked congress to declare war on Japan. After the war everything that E. B. White wrote, mainly his essays, became more political, for example The Wild Flag, which dealt with issues of internationalism, the problem of peace, and segregation.
Another historical event that affected the way E. B. White wrote the John F. Kennedy assassination. When the Kennedy assassination happened the whole United States was affected....