The Disillusionment of the Lost Generation

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The Disillusionment of the Lost Generation After World War I, the lives of many people changed drastically. All those veterans who went home after the war were hurt physically and mentally. This Great War took a huge chunk of the souls of these people. They had lost all of their hopes. The world was always puzzling, but after the war people didn’t even bother to find any significance in life. After the war, people resided to sex and drunkenness for the fulfillment of their hopelessness. The characters in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises struggle with these problems. Hemingway tries to portray how the lives of the Lost Generation were simply disintegrating into the dark abyss. Through the characters of The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway tries to depict the aimless lives of people and how they became “lost”. Jake Barnes, the protagonist and the narrator, is a defeated man because he is chained by his injury. He is a veteran of World War I, which robbed him of his manhood. He says, “Undressing, I looked at myself in the mirror of the big armoire beside the bed. That was a typically French way to furnish a room. Practical, too, I suppose. Of all the ways to be wounded. I suppose it was funny” (Hemingway, 38). He gave out everything in the war, just to be left with a scar that will make him impotent for the rest of his life. Jake turns to alcohol to bury his sorrow thoughts, but when he sees Brett, the woman he loves, his sadness over powers him. He knows he can never have her, and that she will always be his friend, not his lover. His inability to have her makes Barnes think of himself as less of a man. Although, he is disillusioned by his injury, he still is cognizant about the unproductiveness of the Lost Generation. In chapter two, he says to Cohn, “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that” (19). He does
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