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Live for the day because tomorrow may never come an often-heard motto in the 1920s and the themes of two well-known novels of the 1920s The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald are two novels about the lost generation They are striving to find an order for their world a world that has been shattered They attempt to reach their allotment dream and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its imaginary goals Not only are the themes of these two novels similar but the characters within the novels have many similarities An example of two characters that are similar would be Jay Gatsby from the novel The Great Gatsby and Robert Cohn from the novel The Sun Also Rises These two characters Jay Gatsby and Robert are similar because they are both the romantics of the novels they are also the rich outsiders Robert Cohn and Jay Gatsby are both outsiders of the novels and are not wanted by the crowed The title The Great Gatsby is like a paradox for Jay Gatsby is neither great no Gatsby Jays real name is Gatz and he can not be great because he is not accepted by the person he most desires to be with for he is an outsider Gatsby being part of the new rich makes him an outsider as well as him living in West Egg for it is the less fashionable this allows him not to be accepted in the group Jake says Cohn has a wonderful quality of bringing out the worst in anybody Robert Cohn is a Jew at Princeton at a time when Jews didnt attend Ivy League schools making him an outsider Both Jay Gatsby and Robert Cohn are discriminated because of who they are making them outsiders Both Robert Cohn and Jay Gatsby are hopeless romantics and neither of them can understand that the war has
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