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The Lost Generation

  1. 1. The Lost Generation Jonathan Año
  2. 2. The lost generation refers to a group of writers and artists who grew up during the First World War.
  3. 3. Ernest Hemingway F. Scott Fitzgerald Gertrude Stein
  4. 4. These writers were from the United States, but most of themmoved to Paris, where they started a new literary movement that captured the spirit of the times.
  5. 5. The term “lost generation” comes from something Gertrude Stein had overheard being said to a car mechanic: “That is what you are. That's what you all are ... all of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.”
  6. 6. After experiencing the horrors of the First World War, watching the government ignore their veterans, witnessing the job market change due to an influx of immigrants, and seeing the previous generation start to push for Prohibition, they became distrustful of authority and government.
  7. 7. They were called the lost generation because they rejected the traditional values of their parents’ generation, going their own way and often pursuing nomadic lifestyles of decadence and debauchery.
  8. 8. Some characteristics of lost generation literature include:
  9. 9. Some characteristics of lost generation literature include: 1. The idea of finding one’s own way in life and making one’s own mark on the world; individualism. 2. Decadence and debauchery, hedonistic lifestyles. 3. Disillusionment with the world and cynical attitudes.
  10. 10. Some characteristics of lost generation literature include: 4. Moral loss; aimlessness. 5. A loss of romance due to realism or cynicism.
  11. 11. “Iron Youth. Youth! We are none of us more than twenty years old. But Young? Youth? That is long ago. We are old folk.” Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front.
  12. 12. “You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see?” Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.
  13. 13. “If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. […] A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about […]” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
  14. 14. “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
  15. 15. “One by one, they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” James Joyce, Dubliners.
  16. 16. writersinspire.org/content/lost-generation www.boundless.com/u-s-history/textbooks/boundless -u-s-history-textbook/the-roaring-twenties-1920-1929-24/the-roaring- twenties-186/the-lost-generation-1027-4785/ people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/generation-gaps/ lost-generation.htm bl.uk/american-literature-in-europe/articles/the-lost-generation prezi.com/amif2qh-kfz7/the-lost-generation/ References

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