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Ernest Hemingway believes the generation that came of age after World War I is a lost generation This is apparent in The Sun Also Rises where his characters lack any direction wasting their lives in a foreign land drinking partying and traveling as a way to escape reality Jake Barnes the protagonist sees this as a swell life 120 Hemingway is critical of this lifestyle with his characters wandering aimlessly in a meaningless world Hemingway opens The Sun Also Rises with a comment that Gertrude Stein had supposedly made in conversation You are all a lost generation She is addressing Hemingway and his fellow expatriates The conflict of the war destroyed any faith these people had on traditional values that they were raised with Their perception of love and morality has been clouded with the drinking and other pleasures of a foreign soil After World War I many young men and women saw little purpose in their lives Robert Cohn is a good example of this Cohn says I cant stand it to think my life is moving so fast and Im not really living it 18 Cohn worries that he is wasting his short life and that his brief time here is serving no ultimate purpose Jakes response is not very comforting He responds Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except for bull-fighters 18 He means that only a small group of people are ever able to have a sense of fulfillment in their lives implying that Cohn must live with this lack of purpose In Chapter 12 Bill summarizes Hemingways critical feelings towards the values of the lost generation Youre an expatriate Youve 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 You hang around cafes He describes Jakes generation as
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