Is Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises his own version of "The Waste Land"?

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Hemingway and Eliot are both modernist writers. Literary modernism is a period that began in the late nineteenth century and continued into the early twentieth. Its peak was in the years following World War I, a traumatic transcontinental event that physically devastated and psychologically disillusioned the West in an entirely unprecedented way. Works of modernist authors reflect the pervasive sense of loss, disillusionment, and despair in the wake of the "Great War"; hence their emphasis on historical discontinuity and the alienation of humanity. Although many modernist authors tended to perceive the world as fragmented, others believed they could help counter that disintegration through their works.

Eliot's "The Waste Land" is one such example of that fragmentation. The poem is divided into five sections: "The Burial of the Dead," "A Game of Chess," "The Fire Sermon, " "Death by Water," and "What the Thunder Said." Rather than asking, "What does this poem mean?" it is perhaps more...

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