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Finding the Lost Generation Every generation has a certain moniker a name with which it is commonly associated The 60s had their hippies the 90s had Generation-X while the 20s had the lost generation a group of people defined by expatriate writers such as Ernest Hemingway F Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein who wrote about the tough psychological and physical scars of war and about the apathy and hypocrisy of their contemporaries in the US and abroad Ernest Hemingway clearly describes this feeling of apathy and general disillusionment in several of his short stories that are part of the In Our Time collection Stories such as Soldiers Home and Cat in the Rain show an unambiguous and undeniable sense of loss and confusion in the characters actions dialogue and personas Whether it is the coming home of an overly overdue soldier from World War I as in Soldiers Home or the seeming helplessness of the American wife in Cat in the Rain Hemingway clearly shows that all is not necessarily good in our time his time In each of the stories discussed Soldiers Home and Cat in the Rain Hemingway shows two diametrically opposed reactions to a seemingly similar problem the inability to adjust in the world after the end of the war Each of the main characters in these stories deals with this hindering disability in a unique way yet all of these stories share an overwhelming inability to adjust to their surroundings to the life that they should lead by the main characters one that deters them from actively participating in normal life In Krebs case in Soldiers Home his inability to cope manifested itself in a general depression a sort of post-traumatic stress disorder where he was not able to deal with even his mothers pleas for him to pray Finally in the case of the American wife in Cat in the Rain her apparent dislike of the lifestyle in which
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