The Lost Generation

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The Lost Generation

“And how much better to die in all the happy period of disillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered” (“Ernest Hemingway”). Many famous authors wrote about their ideas how World War One impacted the people of America. The novels The Great Gatsby and Rats Saw God both show how a lost society can relate to people back then and people today. Many historical and political events have taken place during and after World War One, which caused a countless number of Americans to be overcome with a sense of disillusionment and led to authors creating literature where the characters chased and lost their dreams. After World War One many changes took place in Society. One of these big changes was the women’s role in society. Women began to enter the workforce in large numbers. This was a result of men going to war and the women having to take over the men’s jobs. “Through involvement in volunteer work to support the war effort and by taking up jobs left by soldiers, women had enjoyed a degree of freedom that most had not experienced before” (“A Changing Society”). Also, they began to feel a sense of freedom which caused them to work harder for what they wanted. Women began to take more risks too. “Flappers” were women who cut their hair short, wore short skirts, and wore a lot of makeup. They would smoke and drink in public, which was not the normal thing for women and they were very free-spirited. Women gained a new role in society after World War One. Another drastic change was the banning of alcohol. Prohibition went into place in the 1920s with the 18th Amendment. Policymakers hoped it would make society more orderly. They believed that all problems in society like poverty, violence, and crime were all a result of alcoholism (“Temperance and Prohibition”). Instead of Prohibition making society better, it made it worse. There were bootleggers who...
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