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THE LOST GENERATION AND THE JAZZ AGE IN THE WORKS OF HEMINGWAY AND FITZGERALD The post-World War I generation in America where the war experiences left the country altered forever and the people emotionally barren is usually referred to as the Lost Generation More specifically the term is used for a group of American writers who came of age during the war and established their literary reputations in the 1920s The term embraces Ernest Hemingway Francis Scott Fitzgerald John Dos Passos ee cummings and many other writers who made Paris the centre of their literary activities in the 1920s Works of those writers represented the distinctive stamp of the post war period capturing the attitudes of the young at that time greatly disillusioned and materialistic The generation was lost in the sense that its inherited values of patriotism honour success and love were no longer relevant in the post war world because of spiritual alienation of America on the international scene Even most basic notions rooted in the American mentality such as the American Dream seemed to be devalued and no longer served as a path to follow for the young Hemingway and Fitzgerald though spent much time during their literary active life in Europe still knew the exact pains of the young Americans and skilfully portrayed them in their works The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald shows the disillusion and moral disintegration of the post war America as well as the promise and failure of the American Dream Jay Gatsby the young romantic American is an embodiment of the American Dream starting from nothing he gains a vast fortune However his attempts to pursue happiness through the American Dream end in a complete failure and finally lead him to tragic death Love as a value is no longer important in the new world - though Gatsby loves Daisy and she seems to have the same feeling for him for the second
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