The Lost Generation: Expatriates in Paris
“The Lost Generation” is a group of artists that left America because they were disillusioned and disgusted by the quickly developing consumerism and materialistic desires found in America during the 1920s.(Sarah Ferrell) The people of the 1920s had been shaped and molded by the vicious, and basically pointless, World War I. Their lives had evolved and been formed to fit the war, and when it ended their morals, mentality, and skills no longer fit into “normal” life. Americans began rebelling in all kinds of ways. The younger group living in the twenties started to question the elder generation, becoming rebellious, flighty, and disregarding traditional beliefs. Real world problems were ignored; the generation all together branched off into materialism, selfishness, and insecurity. “The Lost Generation” more specifically characterizes the authors and other artists of the twenties that left for Paris after the war to escape the artistic and intellectual limitations of America.eft for Paris after the war to escape emingway, and Gertrude Stein,inions of the behaviors of the time and the war in their wor (Paris. “University) The war left these literary figures to live their lives without direction, having their beliefs heartily shaken. They were pointing fingers at politicians and the government, saying the war was a fraud, also, calling the institution of religion hypocritical. Before the war it was a common idea that good things happened to good, hardworking people; during the war this idea was challenged; and after, it was for all purposes shattered. Some expatriates such as John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein, expressed their opinions of Americans behavior and the destruction of structure in the average American’s life in their works. (302 Found.) John Dos Passos was born in Chicago in 1896. Eager to be a part of the war, Dos Passos joined the Norton-Haries Ambulance Corps in...
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