In the Preface of All that is Solid Melts into Air, Berman writes “to be modern is to live a life of paradox and contradiction”(Berman 13) with descriptions such as: “a unity of disunity” (15), and “self-discovery and self-mockery” (23). This demonstrates the ‘uncertainty’ concept of modernism. Furthermore, Berman emphasizes how modernity has come to today as an “age that has lost touch with the roots of its own modernity” (17).
- What does he mean?
- Do you agree?
- Please provide examples of how this relates to the present and/or your life and please support your essay with evidence from the book.