Blog 3.9 - Hedonism

Hedonism — Reading for History

Red Silk

     A particularly relevant philosophy during the Modern Period, hedonism simply means, “fulfilling your desires.”  A hedonist seeks pleasure before anything else, and hedonism reached its height during the Jazz Age (1920’s), after World War I, a time where all the promises of Modernism failed, and Western Culture starting looking inward for fulfillment. 

About sexual conquest gone awry

Key Questions:

  • Describe hedonism’s emotional affect on the main characters of this poem?
  • What tension creates makes this story work?
  • How does this reflect Martin Dressler?


Write a first-person scenic reflection from Martin Dressler’s perspective about the characters he deals with.

© Jeff Thomas,