The Sun Also Rises was one of the earliest novels to encapsulate the ideas of the Lost Generation and the shortcomings of the American Dream. The novel, by Ernest Hemingway, follows Jake Barnes and a group of his friends and acquaintances as they (all Americans) live in Paris during 1924, seven years after World War I. Jake, a veteran of the United States, suffers from a malady affecting his genitalia, which (though it isn't detailed in the s...
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The Great Gatsby presents the similar wasteland ideals of The Sun Also Rises. Both authors appear to have taken cues or inspiration from T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land " and depict an emptiness in the mass part of their settings. The Sun Also Rises often portrayed it's main characters lazing about and merely chatting and/or eating in Parisian cafes, signifying the lack of any real substance in their lives. Gatsby, too, features desolate wastelands in the Valley of Ashes , and even an emptiness in the lavish parties that Gatsby throws in his home in West Egg . Fitzgerald spends multiple pages listing the guests at Gatsby's parties during the course of 1922's summer. These guests carry names such as Hammerhead, Beluga, and Gulick; which indicate not only a drab feel but a lack of history, a sense of vulgarity, and a lack of real nobility.
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