8 August 2014
The Lost Generation
During the 1920's a group of writers known as "The Lost Generation" gained popularity. This phrase was used to describe the people of the 1920's who rejected American post World War I values. The three best known writers among The Lost Generation are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. World War I seemed to have destroyed the idea that if you acted virtuously, good things would happen. Many good, young men went to war and died, or returned home either physically or mentally wounded and their faith in the moral guideposts that had earlier given them hope, were no longer valid, they were "Lost."
“The Lost Generation” wrote stories of how they, and people saw the world. One of the writers was F. Scott Fitzgerald, his book The Great Gatsby. The characters in this story represent the many different sides of the Lost Generation. The main character and narrator Nick sees the corruption of the wealthy, he is stuck between the corruption of his rich friends and his own morals. At the end he sees where corruption leads “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (Fitzgerald 180) He sees how injustice this world can be and moves back home to start a new life again.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Nick's cousin and her husband, are two of the most snobbishly wealthy people Nick knows. When Nick first introduces them, he states, "They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and drifted here an there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together" (Fitzgerald 6). Tom and Daisy are Fitzgerald’s main representation of the moral decay of the time. They randomly float about because they have no purpose. They do whatever they do and go wherever they go because nothing is expected of them. When Nick sees Tom for the first time he says "Now two shining arrogant eyes had...
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