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Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:39 AM via web

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Define the Lost Generation.  What do you think is the cause of their restless and ceaseless traveling and reveling nature? 

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM (Answer #1)

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The Lost Generation, as portrayed in The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway is a group of writers, artists and intellectual born ca. 1900, who are living through the 1920s, a post-World War I period also called "the Jazz Age". The group Hemingway portrays is a mix of some working writers (who did not inherit wealth, like Hemingway himself and his friend Bill), some aristocrats or other scions of wealthy families (Robert Cohn is a portrait of Harold Loeb, from the wealthy Guggenheim family) that clustered around an older generation including Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound and Shakespeare & Co. book store in Paris, mainly on the Rive Gauche near the Quartier Latin.

Reasons for "the cause of their restless and ceaseless travelling and revelling nature` – The primary reason is that the exchange rate was good enough so they could afford to do so.  In part, isn`t this just a very ordinary desire of young adults, just after university, to take a few years off to travel and party and explore the world and themselves? Although Hemingway, in this novel, tries to take himself very seriously, in many ways this is just a story of young people having fun, exploring their own identities, going through all those intense melodramatic relationships one has at a certain age, etc. before they settle down to real jobs and marriages.

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