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Ernest Hemingway and "The Lost Generation"

Ernest Hemingway's relation to the Era of the Lost Generation of the 1920s

Drew Fellows

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Ernest Hemingway and "The Lost Generation"

World War I Total Number of Military Casualties: 9,720,450
Total Number of Civilian Casualties: 8,865,650
Total Number Military Wounded: 19,700,000
Total of All types of Casualties: 37,000,000
Length of War: 4 Years

This war affected millions all across Europe. Virtually wiping out an entire generation of youth. Ernest Hemingway's Relation to this Movement Ernest Hemingway is not only related to this movement, he is considered the leader and figurehead of this movement. His writing reflects the darker side of society, in a world where he does not see the beauty in it, but the wrong and terrible. He did not become a famous writer until the 1920s, when this movement came about, and this is when his famous writings, such as, "The Sun also Rises" in 1928 and, "A Farewell to Arms" in 1929. All relating to the post war feelings of depression and lost hope. "Biography." Ernest Hemingway -. Elsevier Publishing

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2013. Works Cited The Era of the Lost Generation Ernest Hemingway and the Era of the Lost Generation A period of post WWI feelings, in which the authors and people thought there was no hope for the world. Too much death and destruction created a feeling of lost hope and no good in the world. The "Lost Generation" portion refers to the entire generation of young adults who lost their life, or who were mentally or physically harmed during the First World War. At this time, during the 1920s, the Jazz Age and strong movement was happening, many writers and authors who had seen WWI happen said that it was a forced movement to try to recover from the war. The Lost Generation tried to counter that with displaying the realities of the war. What is the Lost Generation? Why is Hemingway a part of this movement? He was an ambulance medic for soldiers in Italy during WWI, so the horrors of war were extremely evident to him.
People may not understand why his look on life was much more depressing than others of youth during the Jazz Age. What they also don't know is the things he saw during his volunteer service during the war. This is where it is believed for him to have started his writing career, with the motivation of the Lost Generation. Jazz Age? Also during the 1920s, this age was related with a new form of upbeat and energetic music and along with a great economy. This age was also refered to as the Roaring 20s, and the Golden Age. These good feelings were accused by The Lost Generation to have be fake just to cover up the post WWI feelings.
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