Great Gatsby & the Lost Generation

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People of the Lost Generation felt that they had no place where they belonged and felt as if they were merely drifting blindly through life. Writers from that era, particularly Hemingway and Fitzgerald, often expressed these feelings of anguish and despair through their novels. For example, Hemingway, in the Old Man and the Sea, portrays Santiago as having that feeling that he is drifting away from when he was once a great fishermen. Similarly, Fitzgerald, author of the Great Gatsby, wrote about society during the 1920’s. In the Great Gatsby, when Nick goes with Tom to New York and the book that Tom is reading are both perfect example of why this decade will forever be known as the Lost Generation. Tom, a character from the famous Great Gatsby, is a person who falls into the category of being “lost”. Many of his actions depicted prove why that statement would be considered true. For example, the way he spends most of him time getting wasted and cheating on his wife openly. He shows no remorse for his actions and is inconsiderate of how Daisy might feel. He is lost because he has no certainty in his life and he lacks the feeling of belonging to a place of group. This is why he does the things that he does, because the only way he can cope with the horrifying idea that he has no real place to call home. To bring joy to his life, he turns to infidelity and alcoholism. Tom is also as rude as too straight up call Myrtle’s little puppy a bitch. Another person from the book that exemplifies the Lost Generation is Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s secret lover. Or not so secret, since he parades around New York being seen holding her hand. Tom also spoils her, which is what makes her lost. She doesn’t really know what she wants and asks for various things. First it is a puppy, and then Tom gives her money to but ten more. She is the wife of George, the owner of a garage in the

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